(Austin, Texas) Today, the Texas House of Representatives voted to pass a monumental $4.9 billion tax cut package in the form of two separate bills that were both unanimously supported by the Texas House Republican Caucus Members. House Bill 31 reduces the sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 5.95 percent, creating the first ever state sales tax reduction in Texas history. House Bill 32 addresses burdensome business taxes by providing a 25 percent across the board franchise tax cut.
As conservative leaders in the Texas House, we write to you today to present to you why we support the House tax cut package authored by Rep. Dennis Bonnen, and why we think it is the most powerful plan for tax relief.
(Austin, Texas) Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 1 and took an important step to finalizing a budget that will be balanced and fiscally responsible. The Texas House Republican Caucus has encouraged all of our Members to hold fast to the principles of limited government and budget discipline, and they have met that challenge by passing HB 1.
(Austin, Texas) Today, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 11, a bill aimed at creating a comprehensive long term solution to Texas’s border security problems. Specifically, HB 11 authorizes an additional 300 DPS troopers for border security operations, criminalizes the act of inducing a person to enter the country illegally, strengthens state smuggling laws to effectively target the organized criminal element infiltrating our border, along with other reforms. The legislation also protects local control by creating the “Texas Transnational Crime Intelligence Center", which would be staffed by local police and sheriffs to serve as a real-time, around-the-clock intelligence hub for state and local law enforcement agencies.
(Austin, Texas) Today, the House of Representatives passed HB 10, a bill aimed at curbing, catching and stopping the criminals committing the crime of human trafficking in the state of Texas. Specifically, HB 10, would among other things, create a Child Sex Trafficking Prevention Unit, require the Texas Education Agency to report trafficking of a child, and make it easier for victims of trafficking to seek compensation from the Crime Auxiliary Fund.
AUSTIN, TX –Today, Texas House Republican Caucus members (THRC), Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van), Chair of the House Pensions Committee, joined by Rep. John Otto (R- Dayton), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, outlined a plan to return to solvency the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS).
The Republican Caucus welcomes John Cyrier and Leighton Schubert as the Newest Members to the Texas House Republican Caucus.
(Austin, Texas) Today, House Republican Caucus Chairman Tan Parker welcomed newly elected State Representatives John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) and Leighton Schubert (R-Caldwell) to the Texas House Republican Caucus. “I look forward to working with both of these great conservatives. Representatives Cyrier and Schubert’s respective expertise in the areas of business and law will be a great contribution to our membership. We are lucky to have them on board.” Cyrier and Schubert become the 97th and 98th House members to join the Texas House Republican Caucus in the 84th Texas Legislative Session.
(Austin, Texas) Today, the Executive Committee of the House Republican Caucus issued the following joint statement regarding Texas House Republican Leadership’s commitment to explore more than $4 billion in tax relief efforts.
(Austin, Texas) Today, Representative Tan Parker, Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, issued the following statement regarding tax relief initiatives in the Texas House of Representatives:
“I am proud of the fiscally conservative budget blueprint that my colleagues have put forth in the Texas House of Representatives. This approach has us starting at a place that accomplishes many priorities for all Texans, such as fully funding public school enrollment growth, strengthening our border security and taking another bold step toward fully meeting our public highway needs. Moreover, we start at this strong point by keeping spending flat and leaving billions of available revenue unspent with the clear intention that the Texas House will make a strong investment in tax relief for hardworking Texans. Tax relief is a critical component to strengthening the Texas Model, and the Texas House will be hard at work this session on delivering the tax breaks that Texans deserve.”
Texas House of Representatives Adopts Rules, Organized and Ready to Begin the Critical Work of the Legislative Session
(Austin, Texas) Today the Texas House of Representatives adopted the important procedural rules that will govern the proceedings and operations of the lower chamber for the 84th Legislature. A critical procedural step, the Texas House is now prepared to undertake the people’s business, moving very quickly to organize its operation on just the 3rd day of the legislative session.