more government spending means less opportunity for you.

Texas government spending has increased substantially faster than the growth in inflation and population since 2004, at a cost to Texans of $11 billion this year. That's an additional $1,600 burden on the average Texas family of four, just to fund state government.

The Texans for a Conservative Budget coalition was formed for precisely that reason: we can't afford the consequences of more spending. 

State government collects more money than it needs to provide basic public necessities. That means less money for you and your family to save, pay bills, buy groceries, and fill-up the family van. If excess revenue this year funds an expansion of government, then higher taxes and spending cuts will be necessary during the next economic slowdown — which spells out an uncertain and turbulent financial future for you. 

Margin taxes put at risk an entrepreneur’s dream to own a business. Higher sales taxes crowd out dollars that families can use to put food on the table. Higher taxes in any sphere reduce individual liberty and economic prosperity.

The simple truth is that there are more costs to taxes than the dollar amount itself: when money is in the hands of bureaucrats, it isn't in your hands to buy a home, start a business, and follow your dreams.

the budget

spending limits for the 2016-17 biennium.

The 2018-19 Conservative Texas Budget limits growth of all Texas state government spending to the rate of population growth plus inflation for the last two fiscal years. 

For more on the 2016-17 Conservative Texas Budget, see the full report here.

the STaR Fund

Texas spends too much in part because the appropriations process is rigged to support more spending. The STaR Fund is designed to give policymakers a mechanism to reduce the spending growth by providing Texans with a sales tax cut through the appropriations process. Read more here.

The future of Texas is in the hands of Texans.

 

local property tax reform

Stop the runaway growth
in Texas property taxes

The Facts

  • Texas' property tax system is among the most punitive in the nation.
  • According to the Tax Foundation, Texas' property tax system ranks as the 14th most burdensome nationally.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the annual property tax paid by an owner-occupied dwelling in Texas was $2,477 in 2012. By comparison, homeowners in surrounding area (i.e. the South Region) and the nation paid a 3-year average annual tax of $1,411 and $2,091, respectively.
  • Rising property tax bills discourage investment and create a drag on the state's economic performance.

Recommendation

  • Require voter approval for property tax increases that exceed the lesser of 4 percent or population growth plus inflation.

Require voter approval for property tax increases that exceed the lesser of 4 percent or population growth plus inflation.

margin tax

Eliminate Texas' 
margins tax

The Facts

  • Texas' margin tax is complex, costly, and difficult to comply with, giving rise to a less competitive state business climate.
  • The margin tax has consistently underperformed. Collections have fallen below expectation in most years since its inception, partially resulting from legal tax avoidance strategies, a common issue with complex tax schemes.
  • Texas does not have a revenue problem. From the 2004-05 to the 2016-17 budget cycle, the state's estimated total tax collections is 75 percent, much faster than the 55 percent growth rate of population plus inflation.

Recommendations

  • Eliminate the margin tax.

Increase investment and boost jobs by eliminating Texas' business tax.

For a more prosperous Texas, last session’s progress of cutting the margin tax by 25 percent should be continued by putting the margin tax on a path to elimination.
— Vance Ginn, Ph.D.
The 85th Texas Legislature has an opportune moment in the state’s history to solidify Texas as the leader in America — and the world — for her tax environment.
— The Honorable Talmadge Heflin

transparency

The average Texan has no way to track government spending — official budget numbers often misstate actual spending. To remedy this, the Legislature should post a program-based Texas budget online in real-time. Read more here.

the coalition

TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION

a 501(c)3 non-partisan non-profit research organization dedicated to free-market ideals

LIBERTY ACTION TEXAS

seeks to identify, educate, train, and mobilize young liberty-minded activists to win on principle. 

AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY, TEXAS

AFP is an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state, and federal levels. AFP grassroots activists advocate for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint. 

AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM

ATR is a nonprofit, 501(c)(4) taxpayer advocacy group.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS

a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization with the mission to develop and promote private, free-market alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.

YOUNG CONSERVATIVES OF TEXAS

a non-partisan conservative youth organization attempting to shape the policies of Texas

 

NFIB TEXAS

a nonpartisan, nonprofit association, NFIB has 350,000 small and independent business owners across the nation.

R STREET INSTITUTE

a non-profit, non-partisan public policy research organization promoting free markets and limited, effective government

OUR AMERICA INITIATIVE

the Our America Initiative, a 501(c)4 led by Gov. Gary Johnson, advocates smaller government and greater freedom.

TEXAS EAGLE FORUM

a pro-family group supporting individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise

STATE BUDGET SOLUTIONS

a non-partisan, non-profit, national public policy organization with the mission to change the way state and local governments do business

HERITAGE ALLIANCE

a 501(c)(4) non-profit working primarily to influence legislatures across the country by forming coalitions of groups and then assisting them in mobilizing their constituents and holding legislators accountable 

NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION

a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen group whose members work every day for lower taxes and smaller government at all levels

 

 

 

 

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