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Posts made in February, 2013

Solutions Are More Than Another New Tax

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Blog |

Don’t mess with Texas.  As Texans we take our land and the quality of that land seriously.  We don’t want our views of the bluebonnet-covered hills interrupted by littered bags, bottles and other garbage.  Litter is a problem, however, the recurring bottle tax solution is not the answer. Bottle tax laws attempt to be the catchall solution of the litter problem, however, bottle tax laws are generally outdated, costly, inefficient and counterproductive. Additionally, bottle tax programs in...

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SNAP Restrictions: A misguided and ineffective effort

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Blog |

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP — what you may know as “food stamps” — provides much-needed assistance to low-income Texans and their families. Recently, two bills have been filed at the Texas Legislature that seek to restrict what SNAP recipients can buy with that assistance. House Bill 751, by Rep. Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo), would  ban the purchase of  “sweetened beverages with SNAP benefits. Another bill, HB 523 by Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg),...

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Soda tax bills: Not a healthy choice for Texas

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Blog |

Every so often, we see proposals to “help people make healthier choices” by charging higher taxes on soda. This session of the Texas Legislature is no exception; two bills filed by Rep. Joe Farias (D-San Antonio), HB 735 and HB 779, would impose taxes on regular beverages. In HB 735, the proposed tax is 5 cents per 12 ounces; in HB 779, it’s a penny per ounce. In both bills, retailers and wholesalers would be required to obtain a new permit to sell regular beverages, and the taxes...

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Statement In Response to Proposed Soda Tax

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Blog |

In response to the recent Soda Tax Bill proposed by Rep. Farias (D- San Antonio), the Texas Beverage Association has released this official statement: “Representative Farias’ proposed tax on hundreds of soft drinks would directly hurt Texas restaurants, movie theaters, and supermarkets in the state. Texas is a role model throughout America for lower taxes and reasonable regulation can spuring economic growth. Over the past several years, approximately 30 states and cities across the country...

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