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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.
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Back-to-School Tax Holiday - Shop Local!

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 11-13. Texas shoppers will save an estimated $92 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax-free weekend.The law…
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Stop the imminent collapse of TRS-Care!

This year, TRS-Care was on a direct path to imminent collapse with a nearly $1 billion shortfall. In response, the Texas Legislature passed HB 3976 during the regular session that increased state and school district contributions to the plan, but also resulted in significant premium and deductible increases for teacher…
Nominations for the 2017-2018 Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) have opened for next year’s class (fall 2017/spring 2018 academic year). This scholarship supports students who choose to become members of the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, the Texas State Guard, the United States Coast Guard,…
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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…
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It's Time to Phase-Out the Franchise Tax

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…
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Bonnen Co-Authors School Testing Reform

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…
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