The Texas House Friday voted to drain most of GOP Gov. Rick Perry’s office budget and instead spend the money on community mental health crisis services and veterans’ services.Granted, this appears to be political payback for Perry's secessionist stupidity, and it will never stand in the final budget, but, damn, it's a great way to make a point.
It also seems reluctant to pass a 1 percent increase in the sales tax, which would yield an estimated $750 million in additional revenue while having a negligible effect on the buying public, despite screams of outrage from the usual quarters.Sales tax is exactly the wrong place to find money in times like these. It is, by far, the most regressive tax. You are effectively increasing the working poor's tax burden by 1% (except for groceries, which are non-taxable) while increasing the upper incomes by only a tiny fraction of that. "Negligible" is not accurate.