With the threat of higher taxes always on the horizon, taxpayers should do all they can to build defenses against them. One of the most effective fortifications is a tax limitation amendment which require supermajority votes in order to raise taxes.

Many other states across the nation now require a supermajority vote for taxes to be raised—constitutionally requiring the support of three-fifths (60%), two-thirds (67%), or even three-fourths (75%) of members of both chambers before taxes can be raised.

Though three of Texas’ neighbors have passed tax limitation amendments, with Arkansas and Oklahoma requiring three-fourths and Louisiana requiring two-thirds, the Lone Star State requires just a bare majority vote of both legislative chambers to inflict higher taxes on citizens.

Texans should demand that lawmakers take the threat of higher taxes off the table and commit to lasting fiscal responsibility by raising the threshold for all tax increases.

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