Texas political leadership is caving to a tax hike.
In a joint statement, Governor Greg Abbot, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced their support for a sales tax increase.
But the catch is that lawmakers have to agree to limit future local property tax increases.
The proposal plans on raising the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 7.25 percent, provided that property tax relief bill SB 2 passes both chambers of the Texas Legislature.
The leaders laid out the specifics:
Today we are introducing a sales tax proposal to buy down property tax rates for all Texas homeowners and businesses, once Senate Bill 2 or House Bill 2 is agreed to and passed by both Chambers. If the one-cent increase in the sales tax passes, it will result in billions of dollars in revenue to help drive down property taxes in the short and long term.
Democrats will likely oppose this sales tax increase because of the regressive nature of the tax which tends to fall harder on their lower-income constituents.
However, this is more of a long-term ploy in Texas Democrat’s quest to bring the federal government’s income tax system to Texas.
Democrats will likely capitalize on the current property tax system’s unpopularity to advance their own schemes.
Nevertheless, certain conservative analysts believe that Texas Republican leadership’s proposal is nothing to write home about either.
Grover Norquist views this tax hike as misguided:
Such a tax swap would result in a harmful net tax hike at a time when the state already has a budget surplus. At a time when states around the country are taking action to make their tax codes less burdensome and more conducive to growth, raising state taxes will hinder Texas’s ability to compete for jobs and investment.
Brandon Waltens of Texas Scorecard highlighted how Texas’s increasing property tax burden is putting it on par with numerous blue states when it comes to property taxes:
Texas’ skyrocketing property tax rates are no secret. A recent article by the Wall Street Journal’s real estate magazine placed Texas third in average property tax burden, behind only New Jersey and Illinois.
Instead, Waltens believes that Texas should take advantage of its budget surplus in order to give Texans property tax relief:
Lawmakers seeking to provide meaningful and lasting property tax relief would be better served dedicating the state’s surplus revenue to property tax relief and passing legislation to allow voters the opportunity to reign in increased taxes by cities, counties, school districts, and other local taxing entities.
This is not the first time that Texas leadership has dropped the ball on issues that grassroots conservatives hold dearly.
BLP reported this week how Texas leadership recently killed a Constitutional Carry bill simply because an activist decided to peacefully block walk in House Speaker Dennis Bonne’s district.
For Texas Republican leaders, preserving the status quo seems to be their preferred course of action.
The White House Walks Back From DACA Deal…. For Now
Emerald Robinson, the Newsmax White House Correspondent, reported that White House advisor Jared Kushner is holding meetings on a potential DACA amnesty deal.
She tweeted, “BREAKING: sources confirm that White House advisor Jared Kushner has been holding meetings on DACA amnesty deal – with a goal of getting it done before the 2020 election.”
BREAKING: sources confirm that White House advisor Jared Kushner has been holding meetings on DACA amnesty deal – with a goal of getting it done before the 2020 election.
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) June 4, 2020
For many America First activists, Kushner has played a subversive role in the Trump administration by recommending milquetoast policies that maintain the open border status quo and are soft on crime.
Many speculate that Kushner is largely the individual who is advising President Trump to take a soft approach against the looters rampaging across the country.
Now there are reports that the White House is backing away from this DACA deal per a report from Breitbart News.
However, grassroots immigration patriots such as Maria Espinoza, the co-founder of the Remembrance Project, had choice words for this rumored move by Jared Kushner.
She told BLP:
Donald Trump’s promise to The Remembrance Project’s angel moms, dads, and angel families of ‘Stolen Lives’ was to deport illegal aliens and keep American families safe. No family should suffer the killing of their loved one at the hands of an individual who should not have been in our country in the first place.Any talks taking place should be about keeping us safe so that our families, businesses and communities can thrive. It’s heartless for Kushner to even hold talks of amnesty.
DACA refers to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a United States immigration policy where some illegal aliens who were brought to the country as children in order to obtain a renewable two-period of deferred action from deportation and receive eligibility for work permits in the U.S.
Back in 2014, President Barack Obama revealed his intention to broaden DACA provisions to cover even more illegal alien immigrants.
This is in contrast to the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act. Under the DREAM Act, illegal aliens would be granted temporary conditional residency that includes the right to work if they were brought to the United States as minors. If they meet additional qualifications, they would be able to receive permanent residency.
Although these kinds of proposals are different, they’re all a part of a mass migration agenda designed to undermine the Historic American Nation.
Kushner and his ilk believe that offering reasonable compromises will somehow placate the Left.
In reality, such compromises will only further embolden them, given the fact that the voting patterns of these groups overwhelmingly favor the political Left and its many pet projects such as the destruction of the right to bear arms.
Although the DACA threat may be contained for now, as long as Open Borders Inc and its many factions continue operating, there will always be a looming threat of legal migration expansion, amnesty, or backdoor amnesties.
This is why it’s so important that America First patriots score major victories in all branches of government.
The time to engage in political discourse is over. Now, we must force politicians to go on record via roll call votes. From there, we’ll know who’s America First or America Last.
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