Saturday, December 23, 2017

#TXLEGE: Abbott Endorses Committee Chairman who Killed Property Tax Reform

Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
1 Corinthians 15:33

Oh good grief:

The endorsement itself is bad enough, but it's all the more galling due to the lie that Bonnen includes in the announcement.

Specifically, Bonnen claims: "we collaborated to bring our homeowners vital property tax reform that would have given voters veto power over large local property tax increases."

Except that, as anyone old enough to remember a point in ancient history called "August" can remember, no such thing happened.

Here's what happened on property taxes during the Special Session of the 85th legislature:

  • The Texas Senate passed a compromise bill that nevertheless represented a tangible step in the right direction on July 26th.
  • Dennis Bonnen gutted said bill in committee on August 1st.
  • Bonnen sat on gutted bill for two additional days before sending it to Calendars on August 3rd.
  • Calendars sat on the bill for a week.
  • Calendars eventually set the gutted bill for second reading floor debate on August 12th.
  • Then, oh yeah, remember when they postponed third reading by a day.
  • House very belatedly passed gutted bill on third reading on August 14th.
  • With two days left in the special session, Senate requests a conference committee to restore minimally acceptable; house responds by lawlessly adjourning sine die.
  • Senator Bettencourt has a good recap of events here.
Bottom Line: Do these people think we've forgotten events from four months ago?!?

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