April 12, 2019      11:52 AM

Greenfield: Breaking down the numbers on the property tax sales tax swap

Economist Dr. Stuart Greenfield notes that “this policy would increase taxes for 80 percent of Texas households, reducing taxes only for those with income above $146,000”

For the last decade, conservative groups have actively campaigned to replace the state’s property tax with an increased sales tax. 

On April 10, the state’s troika announced that legislation would be introduced to ask voters to approve increasing the state’s sales tax by one percentage point to 7.25 percent.

The increase in sales tax receipts would be used to reduce local school district property taxes by a comparable amount.

By Dr. Stuart Greenfield

February 27, 2019      5:11 PM

Grusendorf: Merit Pay - A Fool’s Errand?

Former House Public Education Committee Chairman Kent Grusendorf says “everyone should acknowledge one obvious truth –incentives do matter”

Fellow Texans, we have a problem. According to the recent Texas Commission on Public School Finance report, only one in six Texas high school graduates are college ready as determined by SAT and ACT test scores.  Sadly, of the Texas high school graduates who go on to college, 40% require remediation.

The big question is: what is the appropriate solution?  Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is suggesting a $5,000 across-the-board teacher pay raise. The Texas Commission on School Finance report suggests adding various incentives into the system. Although both are laudable attempts, neither approach will likely result in the desired outcomes, nor will either benefit kids in the long term.

Neither of these approaches addresses the system’s underlying structural problem.

By Kent Grusendorf