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Texas Legislature 2019

In 1997, George W. Bush couldn’t deliver a multibillion-dollar tax reform plan. Will Greg Abbott face a similar fate in 2019?

State leaders are pushing a plan to drive down property taxes using revenue from a one-cent increase to the sales tax. They have said the plan would result in roughly $250 a year in savings on a $200,000 home.

Gov. George W. Bush and House Speaker Pete Laney on the dais, on May 8, 1997.

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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From left: Then-Gov. George W. Bush and Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock.
Texas Comptroller John Sharp testifies in 1998.

"I need you to do this"

From left: Then-Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock and Gov. George W. Bush in 1997.
From left: Then-State Comptroller John Sharp and Gov. Rick Perry at the Governor's Mansion in Austin on April 6, 2006.

"Hell froze over"

"There's just not many ways to do it"

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen speak at a press conference regarding property taxes on May 1, 2019.

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Politics State government 86th Legislative Session Dan Patrick Dennis Bonnen Greg Abbott Paul Bettencourt Property taxes