Sen. Ellis: Meet the state’s needs before cutting taxes

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(Austin, TX) // Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) releases the following statement regarding today’s debate on a number of tax cut bills.

“I’m for responsible tax fairness as much as anyone in the Senate,” said Senator Ellis. “But we need to be fiscally responsible and thoughtful about the economic future of our state before we rush to spend billions of dollars today. We have the opportunity and responsibility to invest in better schools and educational opportunities for our children, better paying jobs for hardworking Texas families, and the 21st century infrastructure to stay competitive in the 21st century economy.”

“In 2011, we asked the people of this state to endure tough sacrifices and made drastic cuts to vital needs in this state. We slashed critical resources for schools, health care, transportation, and other integral part of a healthy economic future. Now we have the resources to restore those cuts. We have the opportunity and responsibility to make up the damage we inflicted on hardworking Texas families.”

On Friday, March 20, 2015, a group of business trade associations made a similar argument in a letter sent to the Texas Senate. The group argued that “[f]or once in a generation, you have an opportunity to make progress on the issues that confront our state – congested roads, educational challenges, obsolete infrastructure, high debt and underfunded pensions to name a few. To continue our economic success and job creating machine, we need to address those challenges and protect our business climate. If there is money left over, it is appropriate to consider tax relief.”

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