Today's Cannon: School Property Tax, Dismantling Regulation & Civil Discourse
by TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION
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Ignore the noise and stale talking points. The Cannon connects today’s news with the research and opinion you need from TPPF’s top experts. Stay informed with insight that promotes freedom, personal responsibility, and free enterprise for all Americans.
 

Revenues Rise

What to Know: The Texas Comptroller’s Office continues to raise its revenue estimates for the coming biennium.

“Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Wednesday increased his revenue estimate for the current two-year budget cycle by $2.8 billion,” the Dallas Morning Newsreports. “Hegar said tax collections have exceeded his expectations because of a strengthening Texas economy and higher oil prices and production.”

 

The TPPF Take: Lawmakers should use that money wisely – by helping to buy down skyrocketing property taxes.

“As the revenue estimate continues to rise, the Legislature has an opportunity for tax relief,” says TPPF’s Vance Ginn. “That revenue can be used to buy down school property taxes, or to eliminate the inefficient and cumbersome franchise tax. Both would boost our economy and benefit Texans.”
 
For more on school property taxes, click here.
 

Fresh Eyes on Efficiency

What to Know: President Trump’s bold new plan for reorganizing government is what happens when someone comes in with an outsider’s fresh perspective, writes Paul Bedard in the Washington Examiner.

“President Trump is taking charge of his administration’s effort to reform the federal government and workforce, the biggest demonstration yet that Washington is under new management,” he writes. “Aides describe the president as personally invested in the 32-point plan to shake the bureaucracy out of a 1950s model based on secretarial pools. ‘So much of the ability to drive change requires a fresh perspective,’ said Margaret Weichert, an author of the recently announced reform blueprint and deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.”

 

The TPPF Take: Making government more efficient will make life better for all of us.

“Left on its own, government tends to expand and occupy more and more space in our lives,” says TPPF’s Rob Henneke. “Reorganizing government is a solid step toward limiting its scope and influence, giving Americans more room to prosper.”
 
For more on dismantling the regulatory state, click here.
 

Seeking Civility

What to Know: It’s not just that civility is lacking in political discussions these days. Now some are attacking the concept of civility itself.

“The so-called ‘civility debate’ is the newest front in a wider conflict that has less to do with manners, or ensuring a polite discourse, than in protecting the powerful from being forced to engage with politics on someone else's terms,” writes CNN’s Gregory Krieg. “At its heart is a unique form of cultural illiteracy and status anxiety. The ability to hand-pick when and in what context to face the consequences of your work is a privilege, deep-seated and treasured by those who possess it. Dinnertime interlopers who challenge this expectation are protesting more than a government official or policy -- they are fundamentally rejecting it.”

The TPPF Take: The lack of civility is having a far worse effect than merely coarsening our discourse; it’s driving many Americans away from politics and policy altogether.

“As the two extremes of the partisan spectrum grow ever more shrill, many of our friends and family members are disengaging and not participating the important conversations we should all be having,” says TPPF’s Kevin Roberts. “But we can change course. We can rebuild civic discourse. It starts with having conversations again.” 
 
For more on incivility and apathy, click here.
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