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Perry to Announce Tax Reimbursement Plan

Governor Rick Perry is expected today to call for amending the Texas Constitution to allow the state to return tax money it collects but doesn’t spend back to its citizens, the Associated Press reports.

The move – which Perry is scheduled to announce during his State of the State address at 11 a.m. – will support that idea that he “never bought into the notion that if you collect more, you need to spend more.”

“Today, I’m calling for a mechanism to be put in place so when we do bring in more than we need, we’ll have the option of returning tax money directly to the people who paid it,” the governor plans to say. “Currently, that’s not something our constitution allows. We need to fix that.”

Proposing a constitutional amendment requires two-thirds support of both the House and Senate, and it then must be approved by a majority of Texas voters. The Texas Tribune will live-stream the speech, starting at 11 a.m.

  • Brett Moore

    I’d prefer he give my portion to our education system.

  • gimmethewooby

    Can I split mine between public schools and the women’s health program?

  • Brett Moore

    Oh, good call.

  • dkv

    You are welcome to send a check, here is the address:
    Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
    P.O. Box 13528, Capitol Station
    Austin, Texas 78711-3528

    I doubt you pay any direct taxes unless you own a business and pay the state franchise tax.

  • Ostrea

    I’d prefer the refund.

  • Anne Mckinney-page

    I think he should start by returning the money used for his Travel, and Security Detail he used on his failed Presidential run. And then we can talk about returning the funds he distributed to cronies from the Technical fund.

    That would be a start.

    And I agree with the use of returnable taxes to the Education, and Women’s Health Funding.

  • Bushwood Smithie

    Then feel free to send it to them if/when you get a check from the state. Though somehow I doubt you’ll put your money where your mouth is.

    If you give money to a good cause, it’s charity.

    If I give money to a good cause, it’s charity.

    If you use the police power of the state to force me to give money to what you consider a good cause, it’s fascism.

  • pbooty

    why have him do it for you

    or are you “afraid” that once you get your money back your selfishness will take over and YOU wont be responsible for your own actions and give it to whom you CHOOSE

  • pbooty

    same thing I stated to the others:

    why have him do it for you

    or are you “afraid” that once you get your money back your selfishness will take over and YOU wont be responsible for your own actions and give it to whom you CHOOSE

  • Brett Moore

    Wow, lot’s of anonymous folks think they know me here.

  • Brett Moore

    My point, beyond the hyperbole, Mr. or Mrs. Booty, is that, before he considers issuing refunds, I’d appreciate it if he’d more properly fund our educational programs here in the state of Texas.

  • Avid Reader

    Feel free to refute them; or not. Feel free to write a check to the government if you get a reimbursement; or not.