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Texas House moves on new tax plan If House gives final okay (probably today), bill goes to Senate where big changes expected

  • School PROPERTY TAXES to be cut by about one-third. Most families that receive the property tax break still would pay more overall because of the higher sales taxes.
  • Businesses will pay 1.15% payroll tax or 4.45% franchise tax
  • Taxes UP 5.3% for working poor, DOWN 1.9% for incomes $100K+
  • State sales tax UP from 6.25% to 7.25%, adds billboards, bottled water, car washes and car repair.
  • Sales tax of 10.25% on cookies, chips, soft drinks
  • Additional tax of $1.01 per pack on cigarettes
  • Sales tax on elective cosmetic surgery 14.5%
  • Car and boat sales and rental tax up from 6.25% to 7.35%
  • School supplies not exempt despite effort of Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio)
  • NO new taxes for beer, wine, ale, hard liquor


Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, vice chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, voted for it in committee, but on the floor voted NO. He said the proposed increase in the sales tax, to 7.25 percent, was too much. "The main thing I couldn't swallow is having the highest rate in the country," he said.
Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, said the insurance, petrochemical and utilities industries would get a big break in shifting the business tax burden from capital-intensive industries to service companies.
Rep. Charlie Howard, R-Sugar Land, proposed leaving water tax-free and lowering the snack tax on sodas but raising by 3 percent the sales tax for beer, wine and ale. The House overwhelmingly rejected that idea.

Ten-Foot Poll on Texas Taxes---RESULT
posted 9a Tue 3/15/2005
I pretty much approve of the way Texas legislators are rewriting our tax rules.
True
19
5%
False
140
34%
I will vote after I slow the blood flow from the knife wound in my back
248
61%
Total votes 407

 
79th LEGISLATURE
Proposals would expand gambling Voters could decide whether to allow video lottery terminals, casinos.

Clear Channel settles lawsuit against ClearChannelSucks.net The CC-critical website is HERE

KBR spent millions to deliver $82,100 of fuel to Iraq "It is illogical that it would cost $27,514,833 to deliver $82,100 in LPG fuel," officials from the Defense Contract Audit Agency noted in the report. Halliburton spokeswoman Wendy Hall said the figures were taken out of context.

Like the US, Mexico feels Wal-Mart era Hundreds of stores in Mexico are busily upscaling in efforts to compete with the world's retail champ.