27 October 2006 at 9:35:00 AM
Is having Rick Perry "gall" them the newspaper business version of Buyer's Remorse? I don't pay a whole lot of attention to newspaper endorsements anyway, since at least part of the time you find out later that one big cheese on the board overruled all the common-sense people to endorse a bad candidate.
More property tax cuts? That's what Gov. Rick Perry's talking about on the campaign trail. Maybe lawmakers will be able to reduce those taxes beyond what they did earlier this year – that is, if enough revenue is available in the kitty next session and legislators have met the state's ample school and health needs. Such talk in the heat of a campaign seems premature to us.
But it's the other half of that new Perry campaign speech that makes absolutely no sense. He says he'd like to roll back the rate on the new business tax. Yes, that would be the same tax just hammered out to help fund Texas schools. Simply unbelievable. ...
Lawmakers spilled blood for four consecutive sessions before finally approving that new business tax to replace the old loophole-ridden franchise tax. Now the governor wants to jigger with what took forever to do?
This particularly galls us because we recommended Gov. Perry for re-election partly as a result of his helping legislators – admittedly, in the final days – solve the school funding crisis. No, he's backing away from what was a step forward.
Mr. Perry bases his projections on a possible surplus of $15 billion for the next two years. We really ought to think carefully about how best to use that once-in-a-lifetime bounty.
How about we use that surplus to PAY OUR TEACHERS MORE?
More property tax cuts are possible, but playing with the business tax would be a gigantic mistake.
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