There was once a time when Republicans were known as the tax-cutters; people who â€“ if nothing else â€“ would work to make sure the taxpayersâ€™ money stayed in the taxpayersâ€™ wallet (as State Rep. Rob Eissler likes to say).
That was then, this is now. State Rep. Fred Hill (R-Richardson) wants to raise your local taxes. Sure, he wants to start with the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But donâ€™t worry; this new tax will spread like a virus to every city in Texas. He is pushing a bill to let those cities raise their sales tax to fund mass transit. (Never mind that mass transit is usually spelled â€œB-O-O-N-D-O-G-G-L-E.â€ or, in the original French, â€œP-O-R-Kâ€)
Â Mr. Hill actively opposes any new local taxpayer protections (he’s againstÂ requirements for local spending restraint, and against property tax reforms); meanwhile he is actively working to make sure cities can get even more of your money with House Bill 2084. By the way, Mr. Hillâ€™s phone number is (512) 463-0486.Â
Hillâ€™s 2084 is not a tax swap; itâ€™s a tax increase. (His partner-in-taxing is super-liberal Democrat Lon Burnam of Fort Worth; see the list of their conspirators at right.)
If Hill gets this tax increase through for D-FW, every city in the state will be looking for permission to increase their taxes in about 2.084 seconds.
Never underestimate the ability of politicians (be they Republicans or Democrats), once they are in power, to govern on behalf of government instead of the people. Mr. Hillâ€™s tax increase, HB 2084, should be shoved under a train.