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Texas 'Conservatives' Renew Push for Tax Hike


Big Government recently noted that the Texas legislature voted to ram through a California-style tax-hiking “Amazon Tax” bill.

Gov. Rick Perry subsequently vetoed that bill, but Big Government has learned that Texas legislators have renewed their push for policy that is unconstitutional on its face by wrapping their proposal into SB 1, Texas’ fiscal matters bill, which is under consideration by the Texas House.

Texas conservative groups and leaders have been working to get the “Amazon Tax” provisions stripped out of that bill. However, those efforts appear to have been unsuccessful to-date. As the Dallas Morning News reports, House members are persisting in their pursuit of the tax hike.

Gov. Perry remains an opponent of the proposed tax hike, and Texas political consultants believe there could be lasting political consequences for those taking a favorable or even lukewarm stance on the matter, should they attempt run for higher office. One such individual might be Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is rumored to be interested in the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.


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