In re eliminating Property Taxes

The Texas Tribune reports that State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Harris County), the Republican nominee for Comptroller, is openly advocating for both abolishing the property tax and replacing it solely with a consumption tax. As the stats come out, assuming that Hegar would want the increase in sales tax to completely offset the abolition of the property tax, the new sales tax would end up being between 20 and 25%, compared to a current Statewide rate of 6.25% that often comes out to 8.25% because of municipal surcharges.

The tactics have caused Mike Collier, the Democratic nominee for Comptroller, to gain some traction among the politically observant. Collier has been making the obvious point that a sales tax upwards of 25% is simply unsustainable, and the major cuts in our already no-frills government that would inevitably occur without a major tax hike elsewhere would be simply too devastating for the State to handle. Still, even after going through this bad press, Hegar is not backing down on his inane position. Admittedly, he now has chosen to take the point of view that the tax should be phased out instead of being ripped off like a bandaid, but the position is still misguided nonetheless.

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