They’re Coming for Your Tax Cut

What to know: Cities and school districts throughout Texas are plotting to take away the tax cut passed by the Legislature.

The TPPF take: Taxpayers must remain vigilant.

“Local governments everywhere seem to be scheming over how to get a big cut of your relief,” says TPPF’s James Quintero. “For their part, school districts appear to be favoring two approaches—asking voters to approve massive amounts of new debt and holding voter-approval tax rate elections to permit much higher tax rates than would otherwise be allowed.”

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A Better Way

What to know: Texas universities are closing their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) offices, following a new law passed by the Legislature.

The TPPF take: DEI is a failed social experiment.

“These programs and consultants create conflict and distractions while adding nothing to the bottom line,” says TPPF’s Carol Swain. “In fact, many of the practices distract from profitability and the mission of organizations. There’s a better way. My new book, ‘The Adversity of Diversity,’ shows how a different kind of training is the way to move beyond divisiveness and toward healing.”

For more on DEI, click here.

San Francisco Has Had Enough 

What to know: San Francisco, whose policies have only exacerbated its homelessness crisis, says it has had enough—and is furious that an even more liberal judge has banned the city from clearing dangerous homeless encampments.

The TPPF take: TPPF’s Roy Maynard toured San Francisco’s homeless encampments in January.

“Human beings and communities are perishing,” says Roy. “A conservative estimate from the New York Times puts the death toll of California’s homeless population at 4,800 in 2021. According to the Jama Network, approximately one unsheltered person per day takes their final breath on the streets of San Francisco. But there’s hope — real hope.”

For more on homelessness, click here.