The buzz around the state capitol has been school finance.. how will we fix it? Sin taxes? Higher sales tax? $1 state property tax?
Few legislators have been as bold as St. Rep. Eddie Rodriguez. Since last session (and maybe even before that), he has been working on *gasp* a state income tax plan. The Quorum Report recently posted a story on the Rodriguez plan. Notably, while Republican leaders have been professing to do anything to save public education and our children.. they have been quietly killing this legislation. QR reports:
Rodriguez introduced state income tax legislation during the last regular session but with Gov. Rick Perry saying it was the one option that was not on the table, Rodriguez could not even get a hearing for his bill. Rodriguez said his immediate goal during the upcoming session was to get a hearing. “We have got to be part of the dialogue. Nothing should be off the table when it comes to the education of Texas kids,” he said.
Help Rep. Rodriguez get a hearing - call, e-mail or visit (if you are so inclined) the Chair of the House Public Education Committee - Rep. Kent Grusendorf.
Room CAP 1W.02
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-1398 Fax
Update: Reference HB 90. Click here to read the bill.