Every year, illegal immigration costs the state billions in your hard earned tax dollars by providing services to those who have no right to be in our country in the first place. We must stop all public benefits to illegal immigrants, punish employers who hire them, and allow our local law enforcement officials to expedite the process of arresting and deporting them to their country of origin.
Citizens are being taxed out of their homes, not by the tax rate alone, but by the never ending and radical increase in the appraised value of their homes. We must continue to fight to allow counties to set an appraisal cap as low as three percent to protect families from losing the American Dream.
The ugly and unfair Margins Tax that went into effect in 2008 is already doing irreparable harm to small businesses in Texas and is threatening the state’s economic stability. We must repeal the tax immediately, return to a broad-based franchise tax, and replace the difference in state income by eliminating wasteful government spending.
Voter Id and Proof of Citizenship
The sovereign right to vote that you and I are guaranteed as citizens of this nation is our most precious freedom, second only to our freedom of religion. This right must be protected through the use of photo identification at the voting place and a requirement that each voter prove upon registration that they are a citizen of the United States.
If over the last 20 years Texas had limited the growth in state spending to meet the needs created by the increase in population and the rate of inflation, we would have saved more than $300 billion dollars. We must limit the rate of state spending to meet this standard, and implement the same kind of fiscal responsibility at the state level that you and I must implement in our own household budgets.