Along with strict spending limits, one of our founding policy interests has been to see the state’s business “margins” tax reformed and reduced to the point of elimination. This 84th Session of the Texas Legislature finally saw definitive action on the measure.

Both chambers moved aggressively forward, and we a 25 percent cut in the onerous, inefficient tax has been sent to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature.

State Sens. Jane Nelson and Charles Schwertner, along with State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, deserve credit for moving this forward.

Likewise, property tax reform is another important goal that saw significant movement forward. Thanks to diligent work by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and State Sens. Jane Nelson and Paul Bettencourt, we’ll see an increase in homestead exemptions among other reforms.

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."