Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, yesterday:
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Thursday that the Senate would prefer a different structure for a business tax from the one proposed a day earlier by Gov. Rick Perry.
Dewhurst said senators would rate a tax based on business income as their first choice, an expansion of the sales tax to services as their second choice and a tax based on a company's gross receipts, such as the one backed by Perry and a special commission, as their third choice.
"In a perfect world, I think I'd rather see a tax that's based upon income. Earn money, pay something. You don't earn money, don't pay anything," Dewhurst said.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Friday retreated from his statement a day earlier that he favored basing a business tax on a company's income, rather than its gross receipts.
"I have always opposed a business or personal income tax, and during last year's session recommended reforming the state franchise tax by dramatically lowering the rate, closing business loopholes and creating a level playing field," Dewhurst said in a written statement.