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Texas Legislature 2019

Analysis: When the Texas Legislature’s safest vote is no vote at all

Legislation swapping higher sales taxes for lower property taxes flopped this week, and for lawmakers, it flopped in the best way possible: They never had to cast a vote.

State Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, speaks on the Texas House floor on House Joint Resolution 3 – which would have asked voters to increase the state sales tax to buy down school district property taxes – on May 7, 2019.

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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