|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2015
|Contact: Anat Kelman Shaw, Director of Communications
Defense Fund-Texas Statement on Tax Cuts Passed Today in the Texas House
TX – Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed HB 31 & HB 32 — nearly
$5 billion in sales and business tax cuts, 40 percent of which will benefit
the highest-paid one-fifth of Texans, according to recent legislative analysis.
The cuts were put forward by Republican state representative and Chairman of
the House Ways and Means Committee Dennis Bonnen as part of a package of bills
that together with tax cuts proposed by the Senate, are the biggest tax cuts
considered in nearly ten years.
response, CDF-Texas executive director Patrick Bresette issued
the following statement:
tax cuts passed today in the Texas House are irresponsible and shortsighted. Instead
of offering Texas families pocket change and political rhetoric our
elected leaders should be shoring up the foundation of our state’s future – its
“It is unacceptable that Texas still ranks among the bottom ten states in overall
child-wellbeing and state spending per resident,
two indicators that are directly connected in that ‘you get what you don’t pay
for.’ If you do the math, our top leaders appear to be more interested
in prioritizing tax breaks for the wealthiest Texans and corporations than
investing in the health and wellbeing of our children and families.
are further distressed that the House would consider such deep reductions to
its revenue stream while our state is standing on the brink of a health care
crisis. In the last 24 months, ten rural Texas hospitals have been forced to
shut their doors because state leaders have chosen not to invest in our state’s
health care systems by rejecting billions in available Medicaid funds to cover more
of our state’s uninsured.
tax cuts are a solution in search of a problem. Texas already ranks in the bottom ten states
in overall taxes paid by its people and businesses. Texans don't need lower
taxes, we need wise investments in our future, and that future demands that we
invest in children and families.”