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April 11, 2019      4:20 PM

HK: Tax Meltdown, over promising impossible solutions at session opening comes home to roost

Political malpractice 101 –Springing a tax bill on members 47 days before sine die

Somewhere in the mists of the last decade, Governor Rick Perry proposed a sweeping tax reform that had very little advance work done to it. Then-State Rep. Jim Keffer agreed to take up the bill so it could at least have a vote. The bill worked its way through the process, never coming close to a critical mass of support. When the bill finally came up for a vote, Keffer at the front mike told the Speaker, “Show the author voting no.” If memory serves, the vote against the Perry plan was unanimous.

This was not a singular event.

By Harvey Kronberg

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