Property Taxes

Yesterday, the House debated and ultimately passed Senate Bill (SB) 2, which deals with property taxes. I want to provide property tax relief -- however, this bill does not do that. WHAT THE BILL DOES This measure limits the ability of cities and counties to fund vital services, including public safety – police, firefighters and EMTs. With already strained budgets, local governments will be forced to make harmful budget cuts. WHAT THE BILL DOES NOT DO Lower taxes. In fact, when explaining what the bill does, its sponsor repeated several t

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Budget

We’re past the half-way mark and there is still much to do to address the critical needs facing our state…and not very much time to do it. On Wednesday, the House will take its first big step to address these needs by debating the two-year, $250 billion state budget (that's all funds, including federal dollars) – the one bill we are required by the state’s Constitution to pass. I have said it many times before and it still holds true today: our state budget is a moral document that reflects our priorities as a state, what we care about, and more importantly, who we care about

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Medicaid Expansion

On Monday, advocates from across the state, including many from North Texas, rallied on the Capitol steps in support of Medicaid expansion. On Tuesday, in the House Committee on Insurance, I presented State Representative Garnet Coleman's 

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