No confusion necessary with Texas Proposition 4 banning an income tax.

Pratt on TexasPoor writing and unclear thought from some on social media appears to be creating confusion over Proposition 4 which is on the Texas Constitutional Amendment Election in November.

Proposition 4 is a step farther in banning a personal income tax in Texas. Passing this amendment is important because it makes it harder to implement a state income tax in the future.

While it currently does take a vote of the people to implement a state income tax, such can be put on a statewide ballot by legislators with only a simple majority (50 +1) vote in the House and Senate. Thus even a one-vote Democrat majority in the Legislature could put an income tax on the ballot for a statewide vote. Can you imagine that it would have a strong chance of passing once the Leftist-liars finished promising the heaven-on-earth they would claim it would bring?

Proposition 4 (HJR 38): “The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.”

By banning a personal income tax through a constitutional amendment, as Prop. 4 does, it would then require another constitutional amendment in order to undo such.

Putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot requires a 2/3rds vote, or super-majority, in the Legislature which is much higher than the current bar of a simple majority when it comes to a statewide vote on an income tax.

By passing Proposition 4 (HJR 38) we are formally putting the ban on the income tax into the Texas Constitution and thereby making it much harder, simple-majority to super-majority, for a liberal legislature to put the issue of implementing an income tax on a future ballot.

Proposition 4 is a step farther in banning a personal income tax in Texas.

Beware the Internet posts designed to bamboozle voters. Such are either from stupid people, or more likely, enemies trying to sow confusion and mislead voters into doing the wrong thing.

A list of all the propositions, in ballot order, appears here: https://www.sos.texas.gov/about/newsreleases/2019/072319.shtml

 

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