Prudent public policy suggests that taxes ought not to be raised unless a broad consensus exists. After all, why weigh down Texas taxpayers, slowdown the economy, and potentially kill jobs unless there is a clear and immediate need for more revenues?
In short, SJR 27 and HJR 83 would require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of all lawmakers in each house of the Legislature before any state taxes could be raised or created. This simple but important requirement would be a big improvement over the current system, which only requires a simple majority vote to raise taxes.
Considering that taxes affect us all and with so much at stake—jobs, the economy, and Texans’ financial well-being—it is not too much to ask that we set out certain, simple requirements before the Legislature can raise taxes. It’s prudent public policy and the right thing to do.