The Search for a Less Unpopular School Tax

Some Texans want to kill property taxes. Some want to create a new one.

Right in the middle of a policy debate over whether to swap property taxes for higher sales taxes and weeks before a state district court in Austin hears the latest round of challenges to the state’s public school finance system, it’s still possible that lawmakers will get another look at an issue they put to bed years ago: a statewide property tax.

They would have to repeal a constitutional prohibition against that tax. Voters hate property taxes, and politicians are nothing if not receptive to the ...

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