2015 Texas Constitution Proposed Amendments

Well, here’s my take on the seven proposed amendments.  The few readers I do have probably don’t live in Texas, so just ignore this. I’m not going to repeat all of the amendments here; they are readily available elsewhere.

  1. FOR. It’s a step in the right direction.
  2. FOR; if we’re going to give tax exemption to disabled veterans and their widows (2011), we should make the correction
  3. AGAINST. I was for this at first, simply thinking that in this modern day of transportation and communication, that this requirement was obsolete.  But then, if a state official lives a long way off, say in El Paso, that means that we, the taxpayers will bear the full cost of their commute to Austin.  As it stands now, a state official needs to pay for his own residence. Having this be a reimbursable expense means a lot of extra cost to us.  So I’m against it.
  4. AGAINST. I was the most uncertain of this one.  On one hand, raising money for charity sounds like such a great idea.  Yet… something about this makes me uneasy; perhaps it is the statement that this would open the door for all raffles to award cash prizes; perhaps because (as one person) said, this “smacks” of cronyism. It has all the earmarks of being the entry point of a lot of other changes.  When in doubt, vote no.
  5. FOR. On the general principle of moving control away from centralization and to the local people.
  6. FOR. While this shouldn’t be necessary, we live in a crazy world.  Any extra protection of our constitutional rights is a good thing.
  7. FOR. There may be a lot to criticize about how transportation is funded in Texas, but this would at least help a bit.  As one person wrote, given the political reality, this may be the best we can do.

So, there you have it.

About Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.
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