Happy holidays to everyone! As the holiday season is now in full swing, I want to thank all of you for the support you have given me this year. Without you I wouldn’t be able to do the job that I love – representing Texas House District 147.  2016 is poised to be another busy year with a presidential election. To get a jump start on 2016, I took a look at the Republican hopefuls tax plans, and was not happy with what I found.
 
Many of the Republican presidential hopefuls have now released their proposed tax plans. All the plans’ propose tax cuts that will add to the deficit. The hypocrisy is: Republicans have opposed many of President Obama’s policies on the sole ground that they will increase the federal deficit.  Despite calling their plans ‘fiscally conservative’ – their plans are short-sighted, out of touch with many Americans, and leave us fiscally worse off.
 
All the plans also decrease the tax rate for the richest Americans – some cut the top bracket nearly in half. Even worse some plans will increase taxes for low income families in a futile attempt to recoup revenues for their tax cuts for the richest. Republicans also fuel their tax cuts by slashing services for low-income Americans. This adds insult to injury for many Americans. Because, many will not receive a noticeable tax cut, but will lose services that make a real difference in their lives.
 
We are already experiencing the impact of these unsound polices in Texas. This past session the Texas Budget cut nearly $2 billion in taxes a year, while cutting services to severally disabled children. These cuts if implemented could leave 60,000 children without the care they need. Unfortunately, this has become a trend in Texas since 2003. When there has been a shortfall in the budget programs are cut in order to not increase taxes. But, when there is a surplus Republicans have chosen to cut taxes instead of fully restoring programs that they cut in tough times.
 
What Texas and the nation needs is a sound tax plan that puts people first – not a race to the bottom where Republicans try to outdo each other in how much they can cut. But to end on a lighter note the song of the week is “Christmas Time Is Here” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

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