Legislative Alerts

Texas Voters Will See $8.7 Billion in Local Bond Initiatives on the Nov 3 Ballot

August 28, 2015

Texas taxpayers will be asked to consider more local government debt as they go to the polls on November 3. A total of 46 entities are asking taxpayers to approve $8.7 billion in new government debt.  Most bond initiatives will require property tax increases.  When you see “Bond initiative” think “property tax increase.” The largest bond […]

AFP Participates in School Finance Lawsuit in Texas

AFP Participates in School Finance Lawsuit in Texas: Not More Money for Education, but More Education for our Money Starting September 1, the Texas Supreme Court is hearing a case that could impact the over 5 million students in Texas K-12 schools, as well as the more than 650,000 employees.  And AFP is weighing in.  […]

The Tax Foundation has a new map out…and Texans aren’t going to like it.

August 13, 2015J

The new tax map – out this week – looks at property taxes across the U.S. Specifically, at the effective tax rates on owner-occupied housing. This is the average amount of residential property tax actually paid, expressed as a percentage of home value. The Tax Foundation reveals that some states with high property taxes, like […]

States Fiscal Condition Rankings Report Puts Texas at #19

July 17, 2015

The Mercatus Center released their updated “State Fiscal Condition Rankings.”   Yet another study has confirmed what we already knew – states with lower taxes do better. AFPF’s Akash Chougule penned a blog on the report which can be found here. You can learn the highlights from the report and learn the metrics behind the ranking […]