‘Antiquated’ tax system needs updating, former gubernatorial candidate says

'Antiquated' tax system needs updating, former gubernatorial candidate says

Medina

By ENRIQUE RANGEL

AUSTIN — In the last two legislative sessions, state Sen. Robert Duncan has filed bills aimed at replacing local property taxes, which largely fund the public school system, with a statewide tax. Yet, despite being one of the most influential members in the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature, the proposals of the Lubbock lawmaker haven’t even gotten a committee hearing.

 

For her part, former Republican gubernatorial hopeful Debra Medina used to propose replacing the property taxes with a consumption tax to fund the public schools and most of the state government. But like Duncan’s bills, Medina’s proposal never received much attention either.

 

And then there is the state income tax bill Fort Worth’s Democratic Rep. Lon Burnam has filed in recent sessions. His proposal hasn’t gone anywhere either.

 

Those and other more modest proposals have been floated over the years with the goal of financing the public school system more fairly; making Texas government funding more efficient; or to generate more revenue for the rapidly growing state.

 

But in the end, nothing has happened because there is no appetite for any of them.

Yet for Medina and others, in or out of state government, “the system is broken” and…Continued here:  http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-12-25/medina-antiquated-tax-system-needs-updating

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