Texas Governor Rick Perry on Tuesday called for returning excess tax money to taxpayers and tapping the state´s rainy-day fund for water and transportation infrastructure.(Snip) The Republican called for changing the constitution of the state, the nation´s second most populous, to allow the return of tax money to the people who paid it when the state brings in more than needed. "We´ve never bought into the notion that if you collect more, you need to spend more," Perry said in his state of the state address, which he delivered to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate.
Comments: A Perry/Ryan ticket in 2012 with the same $1billion we spent would have been all about common sense governance and American values versus Zero´s flash and sizzle...
Surplus = overcharge. If your budget called for X and you collected X + 2 you should return the 2. No different than being on a monthly budget payment plan with your utility provider and having a surplus from low usage because of a mild winter. Would you let the utility company keep your money for a rainy day? Of course not. Reduce the tax rate and give it back to those who were overcharged.
Agree with #5 re Perry not taking another shot, but let´s not overlook a key to Republican wins in presidential races the past 40 years...they were big state governors, who could carry their own states...
Reagan was gov of CA and Bush 41 was a one-term follow-on. W was gov of TX. Senators from Kansas and AZ couldn´t cut it, and neither could a one term gov from Mass who has been out of office for 6 years.
The Gov. should take a lesion from NY and NJ because of Sandy. Put all excess into a disaster emergency fund. Then there will be no begging and crying to the Fed´s when that BIG one comes up from the Gulf.
#8: Texas teachers are far from underpaid. In many cases they are overpaid, under worked and have little to show for their efforts. Most of them belong to one of the national teachers unions, and while they do not have to pay social security, they do contribute to their own generous retirement plan.
Texas ranks 50th out of 51 states + D.C. in per capita funding for mental health care and in funding for people with serious disabilities. Only Mississippi ranks below Texas. My own adult loved one with serious disabilities has been on a waiting list for services - any services - for 9 years now, with no end in sight. Thousands of others are in the same plight. Someday I will be dead and gone and no longer here to pick up the slack. You can ignore problems for a short time (which is what the state legislature did in its last session 2 years ago), but in the long term they will come back and bite. And the people paying the taxes will be asking why there are so many middle-aged people with serious disabilities homeless.
That happened in California (yes, California!) back in 1987. From the NY Times, July 8, 1987:
Gov. George Deukmejian signed a budget in Sacramento setting aside $1.1 billion to be returned to taxpayers because of an obscure 1979 law passed by the voters at the peak of the tax-cutting campaign initiated by Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann.
I was living in CA at the time ... I don´t recall exactly how much we got back.
Can you imagine something like that happening in CA today?
#8, in addition to social security benefits that some of them ALSO get, Texas teachers receive TRS benefits (Teacher Retirement System of Texas).
Since Chicago teachers ARE unionized, by what logic can it be said that Texas teachers are being made more like them when Texas teachers are NON-unionized AND make less money than Chicago teachers?
This is a right-to-work state. If your conclusion that "no one gives a darn´ is based on the lack of unions, then I guess no one gives a darn about any worker in Texas. And yet, here we are with an unemployment rate that is the envy of the country. Go figure.
#14, move north. Apparently they do things much better there.
#11...don´t take my earlier comments as a bash on Romney cuz I was all in for him once he earned the nomination...but if one believes all politics is local, then we have to understand the GOP is overwhelmingly winning governors seats, state by state...I believe we must look to them for success in 2014 in holding the House and capturing the Senate, and then to that group for the 2016 nominee...
#14, you are not owed services for anything or anyone by other tax payers. Perhaps California might be a better fit for you. The majority of the population there feel as you do. And, their state is dying.
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