Abbott-O-Meter

Approve no tax increases

"To be perfectly clear right now and forever: absolutely no tax increases whatsoever for any of my programs. The Abbott administration will not have any tax increases.”


Sources:

News story, "Abbott wants to send 500 more troopers to the border," San Antonio Express-News, March 4, 2014

News story, "Abbott Touts $300 Million Border Security Proposal," the Texas Tribune, Feb. 4, 2014

Subjects: Taxes

Updates

Abbott stressing tax-cut desires

Stumping in Dallas in February 2014, Greg Abbott outlined his desire to station more state troopers near the Texas-Mexico border and also ruled out new taxes.

"The Abbott administration will not have any tax increases, period," Abbott said, according to a news story in the San Antonio Express-News at the time.

A year later, Abbott urged the 2015 Legislature in his State of the State address to do the opposite of raising taxes, stressing instead his expectation of a state budget that cuts property and business franchise taxes by billions of dollars.

By late that month, Republican leaders of the House and Senate had vowed to reach agreements on tax-reduction packages amounting to more than $4 billion.

In light of these developments, we're marking Abbott's no-tax-hikes Promise as In the Works.

Sources:

News story, "Abbott wants to send 500 more troopers to the border," San Antonio Express-News, Feb. 4, 2014

Press release, "Greg Abbott Delivers 2015 Texas Inaugural Speech," Office of Gov. Greg Abbott, Jan. 20, 2015

News story, "Texas Senate announces bigger tax cuts," Austin American-Statesman, Feb. 24, 2015

News story, "House leaders: Texas tax cuts could top $4 billion," San Antonio Express-News, Feb. 23, 2015