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Options for Financing Public Education

30 June 2008 at 3:52:53 PM

I have provided this list to Texas lawmakers since Year 2000 hoping that they would use at least a few of the items on the list to finance public education.  To date, they have only changed the Business Franchise Tax and NOT for the better.  It is hurting businesses much like property taxes are hurting homeowners.
Options for Financing Public Education  
  • Eliminate the loopholes in the Business Franchise Tax and/or make businesses pay their FAIR share towards educating Texas children, without using it as a business income tax;
  • Use the State Lottery; it was supposed to be used entirely to finance education --- raise the price of one ticket to $2.00 or $3.00 and take a larger percentage for public school funding. Also reduce the odds of winning the lottery. This will approximately double the net revenue previously taken from the Lottery to finance schools;
  • Increase the sales tax to finance public schools, no more than one-half cent tax;
  • Consider a school voucher system. Parents should have an option and homeowners should NOT have to pay double taxation to send their children to private schools;
  • Set up a separate Public Education Fund via sales & service tax, a maximum one-half cent charge to go towards school financing;
  • Apply a small School Finance ‘fee’ to every business operating in Texas --- companies should give back to the community, no exceptions; NOT a payroll or income tax;
  • Be more practical and reality-based in developing a more specific State Public School Budget with State tax dollars, and strive to maintain the highest quality of education for our children. This includes providing more money to hire the best administrators and teachers, and to research and implement the best programs and materials for our children. Control of the spending must remain within each school district. Our children continue to be the most precious resource of the State of Texas. In addition, children should be evaluated on their total educational development --- not on government-dictated test evaluations;
  • Provide schools and/or districts with in-house professional management (Comptroller's Office) to assist in developing reality-based priorities and expenditures;
  • Increase the tax on the purchase of ALL liquor and tobacco products for financing schools;
  • Raise the tax on gasoline a few cents and provide the legislation for this money to go to Public Education without diverting any to other interests as is being done currently;
  • Take a small FAIR percentage of monthly charges by rental properties and apartment complexes to go directly to public school financing;
  • Establish a Visitor Education Fund whereby all hotels and rental car companies charge a service fee that goes to finance education;
  • Establish an Airport Education Fund whereby the cost of flight tickets includes a service fee that goes to finance education;
  • Consider a 2-cent fee applied to services, e.g., restaurant bills, entertainment surcharge, bar tabs, club fees, etc.;
  • Use all of a part of the $15 BILLION state tax ‘surplus’ [overpaid taxes] for financing public education.
Using all or several of these alternative methods will replace Texas homeowners from being overburdened as the sole source of School Financing, and will continue to improve the quality of our children's education. In this way all Texans will share fairly in providing tax dollars to maintain a quality education for our children.

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