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Catalyst for Growth: The Importance of 25 Years of Projects Facilitated by the Texas Sales Tax for Economic Development
Report Published on September 09, 2014

Although there are many considerations in the corporate location decision process, the initiatives undertaken by economic development professionals (and funded by economic development sales tax receipts) have been the major contributing factors in many cases, and the Texas economy has benefited tremendously.

Are payroll tax cuts a good way to stimulate the economy?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on September 10, 2019

The Trump administration now says it is looking at a payroll tax cut as one way to offset fallout from the trade war.

What might legislation designed to slow property tax growth lead to?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 24, 2019

The state's political leaders say they have reached a deal on legislation designed to slow the growth of rising property taxes.

What would the potential tax cuts mean for the economy if passed?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on October 23, 2017

The Dow broke through the 23,000 barrier last week and shows no sign of slowing down, but Dr. Perryman says how high it goes is up to Congress.

What does the Texas tax climate ranking indicate about the future of the state economy?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on October 19, 2017

The Tax Foundation is out with its annual ranking of the business tax climate across the country, and Dr. Perryman says Texas came in 13th.

What is the legislature proposing regarding property taxes, and what else should they consider?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on February 16, 2017

One issue getting a lot of attention in the legislature deals with reining in property taxes.

How has school funding changed over time, and in what ways are the funds used?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on January 12, 2017

Lawmakers don't have to take up school funding after the Robin Hood formula was declared constitutional, but Dr. Perryman says essentially local property taxes have become a substitute for state revenue.

When Zero Isn't Zero
Column Published in syndication October 06, 2021

Recent quotes from many politicians claim that the proposed $3.5 trillion spending bill costs "zero." Just in case you were wondering, this is not so. Even if taxes are raised by enough to theoretically cover the costs (a problem in and of itself given the methods and time periods used to arrive at this conclusion), there are nonetheless negative effects on individuals, families, corporations, and the economy.

A Missing Chapter
Column Published in syndication June 09, 2021

Over 20 years ago, the Texas Legislature passed the Texas Economic Development Act, which allows school districts to offer tax incentives for businesses that invest in their communities. The Act, commonly called "Chapter 313" because of its position in the Texas Tax Code, fundamentally improved the economic development landscape. Chapter 313 has been extended several times but is now set to expire December 31, 2022.

Texas Taxes: Good News and Bad
Column Published in syndication October 05, 2016

Every year, several entities compare taxes in each state and rank them from best to worst. Depending on the methods used and what is included, Texas sometimes looks pretty good on the surface, with a lower overall burden than many places. However, there's more to the story.