Despite GOP trifecta, conservative Texans aren't happy with legislative session

Despite GOP trifecta, conservative Texans aren’t happy with legislative session

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Groups that support gun rights, taxpayer protections, pro-life policies, and government accountability are angry with the GOP-controlled Texas legislature as it nears the end of the 86th legislative session. Republicans Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced Thursday they had reached an agreement on three key budget bills: HB1 (the state budget), SB 2 (property taxes), and HB 3 (school finance). “We told our fellow Texans that we were going to work together side-by-side every single day to solve the problems that Texans face,” Abbott said. “We have lived up to that commitment. We’ve stayed together working collaboratively every single week, every single day, sometimes every single hour." HB1 proposes spending the state’s entire $9 billion surplus. The state comptroller announced earlier this month that $500 million in unexpected state revenue would go toward property tax relief, an amount that brought the state surplus closer to $10 billion. And $500 million out of $10 billion is “peanuts” when it comes to property tax relief, critics argue. "For the 27 years I’ve been back in Texas, Republicans have studied, made promises, studied, made promises for property tax relief,” JoAnn Fleming, executive director of Grassroots America – We the People PAC, told The Center Square. The PAC involves a coalition of tens of thousands of engaged citizens statewide. “Taxpayers are sick of this lather, rinse, repeat sham,” Fleming added. “When the legislature has a $10 billion surplus and Republican leaders cannot figure out how to […]

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