The Austin American-Statesman is reporting the obvious today: Texas voters want substantive reform to our tax system.

Political consultant Todd Smith sums it up pretty well:

“I never heard anybody say, ‘I just got the right amount of property tax relief,’ ” he said. “Republican primary voters are like everyone else: ‘What have you done for me lately?’ ”

If you’re a small business owner, what the Lege has imposed new tax burdens with the new “gross margins tax.” This monstrosity has everyone nervous — and rightly so.

With so much frustration building about the lack of property tax reform, and the imposition of a new tax, campaigning lawmakers will have to address the issue on the stump — and then face real wrath if they don’t follow through with legislative action.

Time will tell.


Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."