Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Texas our taxes

Andrew at BOR has been doing a super job of covering the debate on HB 2 and HB 3, the bills in the Texas House to fix the broken school financing system in Texas. In writing about HB 3, Andrew points out that the Legislative Budget Board scored it, and it would actually only cut taxes for those Texans making more than $100,000 a year. For Texans making less than that (which includes me), we would actually see a tax increase. I know, it's hard to believe. Republicans in favor of raising taxes. Actually, raising taxes on poor and middle-class people doesn't seem to bother them, but "on principle" the top income tax rate shoudln't be higher than 33%. I don't know how anyone can honestly say that the GOP in Texas represents anyone but the richest people in the state. I haven't really written about it much, but the Democrats do have an alternative plan, and it has been getting a lot of praise from educators and administrators. Debate's going to continue, and I'll keep you posted.

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