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The Insider's Report

The Insider's Report

Stay informed on the issues that affect you. The Insider's Report brings you the latest happenings from the Texas Legislature and Texas House District 25.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

We must empower Texas tax payers!

This weekend, I passed the Property Tax Payer Empowerment Act in the Texas House to provide the strongest and most far-reaching reforms to the property tax system in decades. SB 669 will provide more and better information, in a simpler way, to taxpayers, while also giving us greater protection when…
Last session, I successfully led the effort to cut the franchise tax by 25%. I also laid the groundwork in the Texas House to phase out Texas' burdensome tax on businesses. Despite the Texas Senate's reluctance to embrace this proposal in 2015, I am once again forging ahead this session…
Insider's Report Vol. 11 No. 4 Today I filed the Property Taxpayer Empowerment Act (House Bill 15) to help Texans hold local governments accountable for setting property tax rates. Government only works when citizens can hold their leaders accountable, and accountability begins with transparency. Our property tax system is needlessly…
Insider's Report Vol. 11 No. 4 One of my greatest priorities entering each legislative session is to ensure that our education system effectively equips our children for the future. I have stated repeatedly that our children are being over-tested and our teachers are being hindered from focusing on dynamic and…
Thursday, March 02, 2017

It's Time to Ban Sanctuary Cities

Insider's Report Vol. 11 No. 3 Several governmental entities in Texas have adopted policies that purposefully hinder or prohibit local law enforcement cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs and prohibit officers detaining a criminal suspect from inquiring about a person’s immigration status. Policies such as these that ignore current immigration…
Insider's Report Vol. 11 No. 2 Today, Speaker Joe Straus announced House committee appointments for the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature. I am humbled by the trust and confidence the Speaker has placed upon me to serve the State of Texas and House District 25 in several important roles…
Insider's Report Vol. 11 No. 1 Yesterday, I called on the federal government to reimburse Texas for $2.8 billion in costs unfairly borne by Texas taxpayers as a result of Washington’s failure to meet its constitutional responsibility to secure the border. Along with my Republican colleagues, I make one final…
Insider's Report Vol. 10 No. 30 Texans once again have the opportunity to save money when shopping for school supplies during the annual Back-to-School sales tax holiday, which will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 5-7. Texas shoppers will save an estimated $92 million in state and local sales…
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