U.S. Senate Candidate Once Proposed Income Tax
Texas has no personal income tax. Did a U.S. Senate candidate once push the prospect? KUT’s Nathan Bernier spoke with Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman’s political fact-checking team PolitiFact Texas.
Democratic Senate nominee Paul Sadler said at a recent U.S. Senate debate in Dallas. After Republican candidate Ted Cruz said Sadler had pushed for a state income tax, Sadler denied ever supporting an income tax.
The day after the debate, he issued a statement acknowledging that he once filed a proposal that would have asked voters to launch a personal income tax dedicated to education. … It happened in late 1992 at a time the legislature was struggling to find a way to create a court approved, constitutional funding system. As he envisioned it, it also would have greatly cut property taxes and ended expenditures and motor fuel taxes for the schools. It’s also worth noting – this proposal went nowhere. It died in committee.