Although the 2017 legislative session in Texas doesn’t start until January, budget talks are heating up around Austin. To harm families’ budgets the least while funding key budget areas, the 85th Legislature should pass a historic second consecutive conservative budget.
The tax burden on Texas families has been rising for years. For example, average families of four pay $1,600 more in taxes this year than increases in the government’s cost of providing basic goods and services since 2004. This leaves less money available for families to put food on the table, save for a rainy day, and send their kids to college.