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Conservative Legislation Killed by Straus’ Committee Chairs:

Speaker Joe Straus
  • Exempting school districts from certain state unfunded mandates, HB 458 by James White & Wayne Christian
  • Requiring school districts to post their check registers online, HB1236 by Bill Zedler
  • Requiring public universities to post their check registers online, HB 1237 by Bill Zedler
  • Uncapping total number of charters given to schools by the SBOE, HB 1603 by Bill Zedler,
Cutting Spending
  • Replacing longevity pay with merit pay for state employees, HB2954 by Erwin Cain
  • 10% reduction on paperwork for state unfunded mandates on public schools, HB 3463 by Erwin Cain
  • Spending limits, HB 756 by Ken Paxton
  • Ending In-state tuition for illegal immigrants, HB 1387 by Erwin Cain
  • Ending State Unfunded Mandates, HJR 46 by James White
  • Prohibiting state or other political subdivisions from forcing you to buy health insurance, HJR 51 by Wayne Christian
  • Prohibiting the state from punishing direct payment for healthcare or non-participation, HB 203 by Bryan Hughes
  • Prohibiting hospitals from using tax dollars on abortions, HB 561 by Wayne Christian
Small Business Tax Relief
  • Allowing businesses to subtract payments to contractors in addition to employee salary from their taxable margin of the franchise tax, HB 817 by Bryan Hughes and Dwayne Bohac
  • Businesses posting a loss wouldn’t pay the franchise tax, HB 932 by Ken Paxton
  • Requiring franchise tax increases to pass by 2/3 majority, HJR 25 by Ken Paxton
Relieving the tax burden
  • Constitutional amendment requiring 2/3 majority to raise taxes, HJR 37 by Bryan Hughes et. al.
  • Requiring a 4/5 vote by House of Representatives to raise taxes, HJR 124 by Jim Landtroop and Jodie Laubenberg
  • Phases out property taxes for senior citizens by 2021, HB 1104 by Ken Paxton
  • Requires all other taxing units to ratify a tax increase instead of relying petitions to rollback tax rates, HB 3186 by Ken Paxton
  • Requiring a 2/3 vote to create an entity with taxing power, HJR 105 by Zedler
  • TSA Groping bill, HB 1937 by David Simpson
  • TSA Body Scanner bill, HB 1938 by David Simpson
Other important facts
  • Joe Straus refuses to sign the Texas Budget Compact (Press Release, 4/16/2012, Statement on Texas Budget Compact)
  •  Refuses to sign the Taxpayer Pledge (www.taxpayerpledge.com)
  •  Despite a supermajority of Republicans, the House failed to pass spending limits.
  •  Straus told the El Paso Times “We have no choice… you can’t cut your way to prosperity,” This was also said by President Obama in a radio address in 2011
Redistricting facts
  • Joe Straus’ Redistricting plan punished conservatives (RedState.com, 4/22/2011, Texas Redistricting Plan Punishes Texas Conservatives)
  • Hispanic conservatives were drawn out of GOP-friendly House districts, including Raul Torres of Corpus Christi, Aaron Pena of Edinburg and Jose Aliseda.
  • The first House redistricting map had 7 GOP vs. GOP incumbent pairings. This would ensure that we lose 7 GOP house members. It forces a Republican to run against another Republican instead of a Democrat.

To reinforce the message that electing a significant margin of conservative House representatives signals voter expectations of conservative House leadership, WomenOnTheWall.org has released Texas Speaker Showdown II – WE’RE BACK! video follow-up to the 2010 Speaker Showdown theme. “Conservative House Speaker Or Your Seat.”

If you are ready to take a stand call your State Representative today  Here is a list of them. Tell them to vote for the most Conservative Candidate in the Race for Speaker; David Simpson and then join us in Austin Jan. 7th and 8th.

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