Every Republican consultant -- even some Democrats -- will tell you it's never a bad idea to be in favor of tax relief.
But in his push for tax cuts this session, Gov. Rick Perry is opting for pragmatism over populism.
The governor is urging lawmakers to cut the state's franchise tax on businesses and extend some current exemptions that would otherwise expire. While many businesses wish that tax would go away, their dislike doesn't compare with the hot anger millions of homeowners feel toward the property taxes they have to pay.
The Tax Foundation, which calculates how states' tax burdens compare, rates Texas as one of the best states for businesses in terms of overall taxes paid. But on property taxes, the group ranks Texas 32nd best. (California, the place Perry enjoys portraying as an overtaxing mecca where good businesses go to die, ranks 17th.)
Despite some requests to do so, Perry isn't proposing that state lawmakers tackle property taxes with, say, a larger homestead exemption. The idea came up in a recent tele-town hall hosted by a conservative group, Empower Texans, and Perry revealed he's still haunted by the spirit of special sessions past.
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