Though efforts to reform property taxes failed in Austin earlier this year, taxpayers are focusing their efforts on Washington, D.C. hoping to secure some tax relief this year.

Across the nation, conservative activists and everyday Americans have been flooding the Congressional switchboard with calls demanding Republicans deliver on campaign promises to reform the nation’s onerous tax code and provide relief to citizens.

As the chorus continues to grow, Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey added his voice to those of taxpayers demanding reform.

“We support Congress and the President as they develop a tax reform plan that will help Texans and provide much needed relief,” said Dickey. “The goals we want in tax reform are simple: lower the tax burden, simplify the tax code, and boost economic growth.”

“Perpetually expanding government and taxes hurt everyone. Reducing the tax burden will boost take-home pay for all Texans, with the goal of moving towards a consumption-based tax system,” continued Dickey.

“The tax code is lengthy and complex; hundreds of instruction pages are needed for the most basic tax returns. Taxes should be made simpler––simple enough so the Internal Revenue Service is deemed unnecessary,” he added.

Dickey’s vocal and consistent support for conservative priorities continues to be a breath of fresh air for party activists all too familiar with previous leadership’s constant over-promising and under-delivering.

With Dickey at the helm of the Texas GOP, the party has made a marked shift from being a mere “Red Elephant Fan Club” to a platform-oriented organization dedicated to advancing the party’s principles.

Texans can be encouraged by the recent federal pivot toward tax relief, though despite efforts by grassroots citizens and even Gov. Greg Abbott, property tax reform died in the Texas House at the hands of House Speaker Joe Straus.

Zach Maxwell

Zach Maxwell is a contributor to Texas Scorecard and leads the Texas Torchbearers. Raised in Cisco, he has worked in various positions in the legislature and on campaigns.