Texas Governor Rick Perry on Tuesday called for returning excess tax money to taxpayers and tapping the state´s rainy-day fund for water and transportation infrastructure.(Snip) The Republican called for changing the constitution of the state, the nation´s second most populous, to allow the return of tax money to the people who paid it when the state brings in more than needed. "We´ve never bought into the notion that if you collect more, you need to spend more," Perry said in his state of the state address, which he delivered to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate.
Comments: A Perry/Ryan ticket in 2012 with the same $1billion we spent would have been all about common sense governance and American values versus Zero´s flash and sizzle...
Surplus = overcharge. If your budget called for X and you collected X + 2 you should return the 2. No different than being on a monthly budget payment plan with your utility provider and having a surplus from low usage because of a mild winter. Would you let the utility company keep your money for a rainy day? Of course not. Reduce the tax rate and give it back to those who were overcharged.
Agree with #5 re Perry not taking another shot, but let´s not overlook a key to Republican wins in presidential races the past 40 years...they were big state governors, who could carry their own states...
Reagan was gov of CA and Bush 41 was a one-term follow-on. W was gov of TX. Senators from Kansas and AZ couldn´t cut it, and neither could a one term gov from Mass who has been out of office for 6 years.
The Gov. should take a lesion from NY and NJ because of Sandy. Put all excess into a disaster emergency fund. Then there will be no begging and crying to the Fed´s when that BIG one comes up from the Gulf.
#8: Texas teachers are far from underpaid. In many cases they are overpaid, under worked and have little to show for their efforts. Most of them belong to one of the national teachers unions, and while they do not have to pay social security, they do contribute to their own generous retirement plan.
Texas ranks 50th out of 51 states + D.C. in per capita funding for mental health care and in funding for people with serious disabilities. Only Mississippi ranks below Texas. My own adult loved one with serious disabilities has been on a waiting list for services - any services - for 9 years now, with no end in sight. Thousands of others are in the same plight. Someday I will be dead and gone and no longer here to pick up the slack. You can ignore problems for a short time (which is what the state legislature did in its last session 2 years ago), but in the long term they will come back and bite. And the people paying the taxes will be asking why there are so many middle-aged people with serious disabilities homeless.
That happened in California (yes, California!) back in 1987. From the NY Times, July 8, 1987:
Gov. George Deukmejian signed a budget in Sacramento setting aside $1.1 billion to be returned to taxpayers because of an obscure 1979 law passed by the voters at the peak of the tax-cutting campaign initiated by Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann.
I was living in CA at the time ... I don´t recall exactly how much we got back.
Can you imagine something like that happening in CA today?
#8, in addition to social security benefits that some of them ALSO get, Texas teachers receive TRS benefits (Teacher Retirement System of Texas).
Since Chicago teachers ARE unionized, by what logic can it be said that Texas teachers are being made more like them when Texas teachers are NON-unionized AND make less money than Chicago teachers?
This is a right-to-work state. If your conclusion that "no one gives a darn´ is based on the lack of unions, then I guess no one gives a darn about any worker in Texas. And yet, here we are with an unemployment rate that is the envy of the country. Go figure.
#14, move north. Apparently they do things much better there.
#11...don´t take my earlier comments as a bash on Romney cuz I was all in for him once he earned the nomination...but if one believes all politics is local, then we have to understand the GOP is overwhelmingly winning governors seats, state by state...I believe we must look to them for success in 2014 in holding the House and capturing the Senate, and then to that group for the 2016 nominee...
#14, you are not owed services for anything or anyone by other tax payers. Perhaps California might be a better fit for you. The majority of the population there feel as you do. And, their state is dying.
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President Obama on Thursday nominated John Koskinen to head the embattled Internal Revenue Service. Koskinen oversaw the government’s preparations for the year 2000 and helped lead Freddie Mac out of its financial crisis. If confirmed by the Senate, part of Koskinen’s task will be to restore confidence in the IRS, which is recovering from recent scandals involving inappropriate behavior toward tax-exemption applicants and lavish spending on a conference in Anaheim, Calif. “John is an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform,” Obama said Thursday. “I am confident that John will do whatever it takes to restore
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Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi will divorce tomorrow - just weeks after the multi-millionaire was pictured choking his estranged wife. Nigella, 53, is the applicant in the case at London´s High Court to be heard before District Judge Aitken, MailOnline can reveal. The ´quickie divorce´ will be heard at 10.30am - and means the couple´s 10-year-marriage could be over in a matter of minutes. (Snip) Their marriage ended after Mr Saatchi, 70, was pictured choking his wife, who has made her fortune as TV´s Domestic Goddess, at their favourite London haunt, Scott´s restaurant, last month.
The federal government has responded with near adequate conviction, the pressure by Western countries to impose the perverted culture of legalising homosexual lifestyles in Nigeria. The two arms of the National Assembly have taken uncompromising stands, making a law prescribing a fourteen-year jail term for people caught, tried and sentenced for practising homosexual acts in Nigeria. Our President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has also made it clear that he would align with the feelings of the Nigerian people and its supreme legislature in ensuring that the law is implemented. (Snip) Our rejection of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) nonsense
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), a proponent of tenets of the “Dream Act” for young illegal immigrants spoke before attendees at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York on Saturday. Cantor and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) were the only two Republicans at the event, which was organized by the Faith & Politics Institute. The stop at the temple was part of a bipartisan tour of New York City over the weekend in which members of Congress supporting comprehensive immigration reform participated. Other lawmakers at the Jewish Center in Jackson Heights were Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Carolyn
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Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to face trial on pimping charges, French prosecutors say. Investigating magistrates have decided he should be tried in connection with an alleged prostitution ring at a hotel in Lille. The former presidential hopeful has admitted attending sex parties there, but says he did not know that some of the women were paid prostitutes. The case is the last of the sex-related allegations faced by Mr Strauss-Kahn. A series of lurid claims have been made about the high profile French figure since he was arrested in New York in May 2011 after a hotel maid
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American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
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Congressional investigators this week released emails suggesting that staff at the Federal Election Commission have been engaged in their own conservative targeting, with help from the IRS´s infamous Lois Lerner. This means more than just an expansion of the probe to the FEC. It´s a new link to the Obama team. In May this column noted that the targeting of conservatives started in 2008, when liberals began a coordinated campaign of siccing the federal government on political opponents. The Obama campaign helped pioneer this tactic. In late summer of 2008, Obama lawyer Bob Bauer took
After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That´s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse -- as does the fact the Times retains the Globe´s pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million. (snip) What might have sweetened the lower offer for the Times is that Henry offered a straight cash deal, which is expected to close sometime in September or October.