Monday, April 6, 2020

#TXLEGE: Chapter 313 should be the FIRST Thing To Go

"Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight."
Proverbs 11:1

Interesting thought from Empower Texans this morning:


This is actually a really interesting proposal.  Because schools are still going to be clamoring for more money.  But nobody's going to want to raise taxes on individuals or homeowners.

The truth is that Chapter 313  carve outs don't serve any economic purpose.  They simply reward the people who hire the best lobbyists.  Bonus point: Eliminating chapter 313 would also make the school finance system more efficient over the long term.

Furthermore, it's absolutely true that there's widespread agreement between the left and the right on this subject.  We actually first learned about Chapter 313 from the Texas Observer.  UT professor Nathan Jensen has also done some fantastic work on the subject.

Chapter 313 is a subject that basically lines up all of the honest people across the political spectrum vs. all of the dishonest ones (aka. the overwhelming majority of legislators).

Bottom Line: Even in good times, special interest carve outs are bad policy...but in the coming crunch, there really isn't any excuse.

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