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Texas, a model for less government, less taxes

Governor Greg Abbott

Most Americans look to California and Illinois and see liberal basket cases beset with multibillion dollar budget deficits, high taxes, crime, illegal immigrant gangs, corruption, Big Labor and all the other “wonders” of modern-day socialism.

But national Democrats and their special-interest pals see something else entirely when they look to California and Illinois. They see their model for Texas.

Both California and Illinois were deep Republican Red during the Reagan years, but they are now Democrat strongholds and getting worse.

In fact, California is facing a $1.6 billion deficit despite a 13.3 percent top marginal tax rate. Illinois just hiked taxes by $7 billion – and is asking to approve a progressive income tax (instead of the current flat tax) to send taxes skyrocketing on job creators!

As Governor, I am doing everything in my power to ensure that Texas doesn’t follow this path. Instead of hiking taxes, we are cutting them. Instead of turning our back on freedom, we’re proudly carrying the torch of liberty for all 50 states. 

That’s why I’m backing passage of a constitutional amendment to BAN implementation of the state income tax in Texas. This proposed ban will appear on the ballot this fall.

Please support my vision for Texas’ future. To get this project off the ground, I need to raise $250,000 in the next 21 days.

The good news is, for those who share my conservative values, there’s no other organization in Texas that can deliver a better bang for your buck.

I know Beto O’Rourke got the headlines in 2018. But it was my campaign’s machine that actually won, driving turnout and bolstering Texas Republicans to victory across our state, from local contests to even the race for U.S. Senate.

I am proud to say that – thanks to your help – our campaign organization is the most powerful political force in the Lone Star State.

I have worked hard to deliver on my campaign promises, including:

*** Protecting Texans from skyrocketing property taxes. Localities cannot raise property taxes more than 3.5 percent and school boards can’t raise taxes more than 2.5 percent without triggering an election. On top of that, I signed legislation providing $5 billion in property tax relief.

*** Investing in education by reforming our school finance system to enable the best teachers to earn more, ensuring that more of our tax dollars make their way to the classroom and aren’t eaten up by endless layers of bureaucracy.

*** Fighting to secure our border by increasing penalties for human trafficking and allocating $800 million for border security, which means boats in the water, boots on the ground, and eyes in the sky to assist in border operations.

*** Making our schools safer by allowing them to hire as many marshals as they deem necessary and providing resources to harden our learning facilities.

*** Protecting our Texan values by implementing stiff penalties for abortionists who don’t provide care for a child who’s born alive after a botched abortion and by ensuring that the Second Amendment rights of renters are protected.

These are all important steps. But with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer looking to Texas to pick up Democrat seats in 2020, we have more important work to do. At the state level, a flip of nine seats is all that’s needed in Texas House for Democrats to seize control in 2020.

Democrats will also do everything they can to embarrass President Donald Trump by defeating him next year in a Red State like Texas. In fact, a recent poll showed Joe Biden beating Trump by 4 points in the Lone Star State!

There’s no doubt, my campaign operation will need to be firing on all cylinders to hold off Washington, D.C. Democrats. But I am not sitting around and waiting for 2020.

It’s time for Texas to take steps to ensure that if Democrats ever do seize the Lone Star State they’ll be too hog-tied to succeed in turning our state into the next California or Illinois.

But as I mentioned, I need to raise $250,000 in the next 21 days to begin mobilizing Texans statewide for this fight to PASS a constitutional ban on the income tax!

I need your support today.

6/24/19