Why do Teachers Groups Oppose Amendment Forbidding A State Income Tax?

You might think that a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting the imposition of a State Income tax in Texas might be the surest thing imaginable, but an influential group is coming out against that proposal, which is on the November ballot, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The Texas State Teachers Association is urging voters to reject the amendment.

The Association's Clay Robison says as the law is written today, if there ever were to be an income tax in Texas, it would be limited to funding education.

"We may reach the point in the distant future where the needs of the state are so great, as the state continues to grow, that the Legislature feels that it has to have a new revenue source," robison said.

He stresses there is no serious talk today about a state income tax, but he pointed out that even Republican lawmakers floated the idea in the 2019 session of replacing the portion of the state's very high property tax with a state income tax, and that may be something that the citizens support one of these sessions.

"If it does happen, it is dedicated to one of the most important causes that the state has, and that is educating kids."

Robinson says the law that is on the books now, which was pushed by Lt. Gov. Hobby back in the 1990s, sets a very high bar for creation of a state incomes tax. It could only be used for education, and the citizens would first have to vote on it in order to impose it.

Texas is one of nine states that doesn't have a broad based state income tax.

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