Saturday, August 12, 2017

#TXLEGE: House Republicans who voted against minimally acceptable taxpayer protection.....

"But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and took from them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people, but I did not do so, because of the fear of God."
Nehemiah 5:15

SB 1, in the form it passed the Senate, was always a compromise bill.  Nevertheless, by moving to automatic November rollback elections at a 4% rate, you were at least making a tangible step in the right direction.  But even that modest step was too much for the house.

Among the ways the house version of SB 1 guts the bill, they moved the rollback rate from 4% to 6%; during today's floor debate, Matt Shaheen offered an ultimately unsuccessful amendment to re-establish a 4% threshold.

The following Republicans voted against Shaheen's amendment:

Bottom Line: This bill has been watered down into meaninglessness. We'll see what happens in the event of a conference committee. In the meantime, it's pathetic they couldn't take this one small step.

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