Never one to let an opportunity pass by, Carole Keeton Strayhorn has announced that if elected Governor, she will repeal the new business tax. Here's her press release (Word doc):
"Gov. Perry said he was signing the largest tax increase in Texas history with 'passion and joy'," Strayhorn said. "I will repeal the tax hike with passion and common-sense fiscal responsibility." "This law leaves Texans with a $23 billion hot check," she said. "It is bad public policy and I will blast it off the books after I am elected governor."
What's ironic about this, given the nature of the coverage of the Governor's race so far, is that Strayhorn's announcement seems to have drawn almost no press. The only real hit I got doing a Google news search on "Strayhorn repeal business tax" was this Waco Trib piece. More typical was this DMN story, which spoke about other things Strayhorn wants to do but didn't explicitly mention this item, though Dallas Blog thought so. How Strayhorn plans to push such a repeal through the Lege, never mind how she plans to fund schools, is left as an exercise for the reader's imagination.
Anyway. We'll see how loudly she beats this drum, and how much response she gets for it. It's still not clear to me how well the bills passed in the special session will go down with the public. I think there's a lot of potential to move opinion on it one way or another. Rick Perry starts out with the advantage, since the special session actually Did Something this time around, which is what everyone said needed to happen going into it. How much of that advantage he finishes with is what I'm not sure about.Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 22, 2006 to Budget ballyhoo | TrackBack