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Nevilledog

(51,863 posts)
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 04:29 PM Apr 17

Move to eliminate Texas property taxes would destroy public schools

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/texas-property-tax-elimination-schools-19399995.php

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s fantasy of abolishing property taxes would set the state up for financial failure and end public education as we know it by placing a greater burden on low- and medium-income Texans.

The most powerful man in Texas politics wants you to believe he’s looking out for homeowners, but there’s always an unacknowledged goal for significant initiatives like this one. You need only look at who deposited $3 million in Patrick’s campaign account and who gave the record $6 million donation to Gov. Greg Abbott to boost private religious schools.

As lieutenant governor, Patrick appoints the leaders of Senate committees, sets their agendas and decides whether a piece of legislation gets a vote. Patrick also rewards senators who appease him and punishes those who don’t with his fat campaign war chest.

Last week, the lite guv ordered the Senate Finance Committee to “determine the effect on other state programs if general revenue were used to fully replace school property taxes, particularly during economic downturns.”

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Move to eliminate Texas property taxes would destroy public schools (Original Post) Nevilledog Apr 17 OP
That is the purpose....................... Lovie777 Apr 17 #1
It would help low income who lose their homes from not being able to afford property taxes. jimfields33 Apr 17 #4
Texas already has a sales tax at 8.25% BigMin28 Apr 17 #5
Okay. atreides1 Apr 17 #7
Amen. Doing the back-door, corrupt deeds for the Lord. Hallelujah! chouchou Apr 17 #2
No problem, all the rich kids can go to private profit making schools, Fla Dem Apr 17 #3
Not just Abbott wants it that way. BlueKota Apr 17 #12
What would lower property tax would be income tax . . . Johonny Apr 17 #6
How many POOR Texans own homes? ProudMNDemocrat Apr 17 #8
Yeah, they could charge lower rent /s TexasBushwhacker Apr 17 #10
Bet that will not happen. ProudMNDemocrat Apr 17 #11
That's why I included the /s TexasBushwhacker Apr 17 #16
A win-win for Republicans. Chainfire Apr 17 #9
Rich Republicans can't stop coming up with ideas to take from the poor MadameButterfly Apr 17 #13
They complain about the working class wanting something for nothing. BlueKota Apr 17 #14
yeah, how many poor people living on passive income? n/t MadameButterfly Apr 17 #17
Mass migration out of Texas? ProudMNDemocrat Apr 17 #18
But edjumacation is elitist in MAGA land Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Apr 17 #15
NM schools are paid for by big oil womanofthehills Apr 17 #19

jimfields33

(16,705 posts)
4. It would help low income who lose their homes from not being able to afford property taxes.
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 04:46 PM
Apr 17

I understand that schools would be affected. Maybe add 2 cents to the sales tax and have them go directly to education? I just hate seeing people who worked their whole lives lose their paid off homes. Happens to often.

BigMin28

(1,194 posts)
5. Texas already has a sales tax at 8.25%
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 04:52 PM
Apr 17

Texas will always find a way to screw the low income, and the poor.

atreides1

(16,169 posts)
7. Okay.
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 05:12 PM
Apr 17

How often do low income people in Texas lose their homes, because they can't afford to pay property taxes? What kind of numbers are you talking about?

How many low income people in Texas actually own their own homes?

How many schools would be shut down and how many low income students and their families would that affected?

It comes down to the numbers, after all is said and done!


Fla Dem

(24,294 posts)
3. No problem, all the rich kids can go to private profit making schools,
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 04:42 PM
Apr 17

while the poorer (minority) kids will get no education which is just how Greg Abbott wants it.

BlueKota

(2,149 posts)
12. Not just Abbott wants it that way.
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 05:41 PM
Apr 17

The whole party is basically against education. Those without an education will have no choice but to work for low wages, and be told that God wants them to vote for Rethuglicans. That knowledge is evil.

Johonny

(21,202 posts)
6. What would lower property tax would be income tax . . .
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 05:00 PM
Apr 17

Nah, that's crazy. No taxes. That will solve everything.

ProudMNDemocrat

(17,281 posts)
8. How many POOR Texans own homes?
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 05:34 PM
Apr 17

Most likely many poor Texans barely make enough to pay rent. Rental Facility owners pay Property taxes. What a windfall that would be for them.

TexasBushwhacker

(20,362 posts)
16. That's why I included the /s
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 05:51 PM
Apr 17

I've been scoping out apartments here in Houston and in Albuquerque and there are a lot of vacancies. People with spare rooms are renting them out. Others have decided to live in their vehicles. I've considered it myself. I'm glad I'm single. I can't imagine being a renter with a family.

 

Chainfire

(17,757 posts)
9. A win-win for Republicans.
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 05:37 PM
Apr 17

The only people who need an education is those that can afford it. Public education is just Socialism...

MadameButterfly

(1,177 posts)
13. Rich Republicans can't stop coming up with ideas to take from the poor
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 05:43 PM
Apr 17

to give to the rich. Rich people can have more money than they could spend in 10 lifetimes and it's never enough. Once they've eliminated all taxes on the rich and all public services, they'll charge rent for poor people to enter a grocery store.

I can't imagine the contempt with which they must hold the not-rich. If compassion is not possible, could they at least notice that someone has to do all the work they don't want to do to have their luxurious lifestyles? Do they hate the people who serve them and labor for them? I wonder what that is like. I'm guessing not as nice as the experience of helping people. But they will never know.

BlueKota

(2,149 posts)
14. They complain about the working class wanting something for nothing.
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 05:48 PM
Apr 17

Yet they want people to work for them and wait on them for practically nothing and are to vain to see their own hypocrisy.

ProudMNDemocrat

(17,281 posts)
18. Mass migration out of Texas?
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 06:06 PM
Apr 17

It would not surprise me if hundreds of thousands, if not millions, leave the state. Do these high and mighty rich Texans think that Texans are going to do the shit jobs for little pay?

womanofthehills

(8,914 posts)
19. NM schools are paid for by big oil
Wed Apr 17, 2024, 06:33 PM
Apr 17

Maybe Texas will do the same. Both states are pulling in billions from the relaxing of oil & gas regulations. Both states are getting more polluted too .

Texas is #1 and NM is #2 in oil production in US. Forbes - “ In Texas in 2022, the oil and natural gas industry paid almost $25 billion in state and local taxes and state royalties, by far the largest ever - the previous high was $16 billion”

After NM paid all its bills last yr it still had a billion to invest for the future. What I don’t get is why is most of the oil produced by these 2 states getting exported according to Forbes.

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