The Robin Hood Alternative:
David Hall - Proud Texan
About 1% of Texas sales taxes would pay about 10% of the total cost (tuition) on average for Texas public school students. However, no sales taxes are allocated to public education. Currently students are paid for with a combination of local property taxes, State & Federal money, and local taxes transferred between districts.
My suggestion based on input from various people is for a 2.5% sales tax as the base amount for Texas students then the balance would be paid by the existing means except that property taxes would be eliminated until voted in by school boards and citizens. None of the property taxes would be redistributed except when a student enrolls in a different district or charter school while still a resident of the local district. Specific suggestions are as follows:
1. Raise sales taxes 2.5% to provide approximately 25% of the average tuition (cost) for every Texas public school student.
2. Eliminate all current school property taxes except for bond payments.
3. Allow school boards to vote in up to a limited amount in property taxes and require a school board vote every year to continue those taxes.
4. Allow local voters to approve up to a limited amount in property taxes separate from any amount approved by the school board and require voter re-approval at every election that involves anything for the local school district like trustee and bond elections.
5. Have amounts 1 & 3 (but not 4) follow a student that enrolls in a different district or charter school. This approach establishes a base level for all Texas students, allows local communities to adjust based on the cost of living, and puts property taxes back into local control.
In Texas (possibly not in other states) property taxes are regressive (lower income people pay higher percentage of their income due to this tax); whereas, sales taxes are progressive; and incidentally, the state lottery takes advantage of those least able to pay it.
State sales taxes are not applied to staples; therefore, a family buying milk/bread/other similar items does not pay state sales tax; whereas, property taxes have homestead exemptions which are not allowed for rental property causing higher costs to lower income people. Also, property taxes ripple through our economy as higher costs for everything including the staples that are exempted from sales taxes, rents, and fuel.
CONGRESSWOMAN EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON INTRODUCES BILL TO COMMEMORATE MICKEY LELAND
Resolution would name American Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after Leland
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today introduced legislation to name the American Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the “Mickey Leland United States Embassy Building.” Congressman Leland represented the 18th Congressional District of Texas from 1979 until 1989, when he died in a plane crash in Ethiopia. During his six terms, he found the House Select Committee on Hunger, served as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and participated in humanitarian missions around the world.
“Congressman Leland was a steadfast and inspiring leader on the issue of hunger in the United States and around the world,” Congresswoman Johnson said. “He died as he lived, bringing attention to the plight of refugees in a part of the world that sorely needed our help.
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and a senior member of the Science Committee. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which, includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Oak Lawn, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, & South Oak Cliff; all of Balch Springs, DeSoto, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Ferris, Glenn Heights and Ovilla.
“I count myself as lucky to have served with Congressman Leland. Mickey Leland was a dear friend of mine, and I am honored to commemorate him today.”
Congressman Leland was born George T. Leland in 1944, in Houston, Texas. As a Member of Congress, Congressman Leland represented the neighborhood in which he was raised.