On Tuesday, tax negotiators in the Texas House announced a tentative agreement with the Senate over how to go about cutting taxes this session. But an effort to postpone when those cuts take effect may send both legislative bodies back to the negotiation table.
It’s been months of back and forth between members of the Texas Senate and House charged with negotiating a deal on which tax plan would make it to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk by the end of the session.
Originally, the House had been asking that the plan include a cut to the state’s sales tax and a reduction in the tax on businesses. But eventually, the House agreed with the Senate’s plan to cut property taxes this session.
House Ways and Means Committee chair, Angleton Republican Dennis Bonnen, said House members agreed to drop their plan to cut sales taxes if the Senate was willing to delay when the property tax cuts would go into effect. The reasoning, he said, was because it would require cities to hold a separate election close to the 2016 presidential election, which isn’t funded by the state.