Texas’ most persistent policy problem

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By  ross ramsey

You can’t untangle school finance in Texas unless you do one of three politically dangerous things: • Cut spending on public education. • Raise local property taxes to keep up with growth and rising costs. • Raise state spending (and state taxes) to keep up with costs while keeping local property taxes down. State lawmakers cut spending in 2011.

 

Texans didn’t like it much, and the state has, to this day, never recovered the even balance of state and local spending it had set just five years before those cuts. High and rising property taxes have become — for understandable reasons — a major concern for voters and, in turn, for the people who rely on voter favor to stay in office.

 

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