Every Republican consultant — even some Democrats — will tell you it’s never a bad idea to be in favor of tax relief.
But in his push for tax cuts this session, Gov. Rick Perry is opting for pragmatism over populism.
The governor is urging lawmakers to cut the state’s franchise tax on businesses and extend some current exemptions that would otherwise expire. While many businesses wish that tax would go away, their dislike doesn’t compare with the hot anger millions of homeowners feel toward the property taxes they have to pay.
The Tax Foundation, which calculates how states’ ...