At Texans for Fiscal Responsibility (TFR), we hear from Texans every day, impacted by the rising costs of living, rising property tax burdens, and general dismay towards a government that seems to represent their own interests less and less.
For too long, those who care about fiscal sanity and ensuring the prosperity of future generations of Texans have played defense and sat on the sidelines.
Enough is enough! It is time to go on the offense, and restore fiscal sanity and a sense of optimism in the hearts of Texas taxpayers!
Introducing the Texas Prosperity Plan!
What is the Texas Prosperity Plan?
Ban Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying
Thomas Jefferson once said,
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
We could not agree more! In Texas, local governments, including jurisdictions like school districts, spend millions of your hard-earned tax dollars to hire corporate lobbyists, who then lobby lawmakers to take even more of your tax dollars.
It is a massive conflict of interest and it is beyond time we end this practice in Texas!
Eliminate the Property Tax
Currently, Texas ‘boasts’ the 6th highest property tax burden in the United States, and property taxes themselves have increased 181% in the last 20 years alone, despite promises from Republican lawmakers to address the issue.
The concept of property taxes is immoral and unsustainable for a free society. Not only are homeowners drowning while trying to keep up with increasing tax burdens but the taxes themselves will never stop, even after you completely own your home. It means you pay perpetual rent to the government for the right to live on your own property.
There is a better way to fund local governments and our schools WITHOUT CREATING ANY NEW TAXES.
This first requires that the Texas government live within its means.
Adopt a ‘No-Growth’ Budget
Ask yourself, is government too big?
Virtually every taxpayer consistently answers that question with a resounding YES!
If taxpayers feel as though the size and scope of government is too large, then why do we continue to allow our state budget to grow? We believe it is because we start from the wrong premise when it comes to state spending.
To fix a bloated government we must cut the size and scope of government down to a size that is both manageable and reasonable, as the founders originally intended.
We believe the best way to do this is by capping our budget where it currently sits and encouraging lawmakers to cut wasteful agencies and programs.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Texas’ state budget has increased almost 170% and is on track to triple in size in just a few years, despite Texas’ population having only increased 40% during that same period.
Call to Action
Join us in the fight!
Contact your state lawmaker and let them know you support the Texas Prosperity Plan and encourage them to do the same in the upcoming 88th legislative session by both offering and supporting legislation that bans the practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying, eliminates the property tax, and adopts a ‘no-growth’ budget.
Put your name down in support of the Texas Prosperity Plan here.
Encourage other Texas taxpayers to join our ranks here in the name of fiscal sanity and encouraging prosperity for future generations of Texans!
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