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May 7, 2019      5:49 PM

SB: Updated: Nothing is ever completely dead til sine die

Speaker Bonnen’s camp worked to calm fears of any attempt to revive the tax swap this session: “It became clear that even in the event of the House’s passage, this legislation would be unlikely to pass in the Texas Senate, as evidenced by their vote on House Bill 3.”

Note: This story has been updated following the appointment of conferees on HB3 -sb

The last 24 hours were a fascinating exercise in the Big Three being saved by the members, it would seem, from the political misstep of a sales tax increase with the promise of buying down property taxes. As James Henson and Josh Blank note, the polling did not look good.

As we reported early in the day, Texas House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty, R-Kingwood, was telling folks he would pull down the proposed constitutional amendment after the Senate moved to make the sales tax increase irrelevant under what they envisioned for school finance.

By Scott Braddock

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