Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
July 11, 2003
Contact: Trey Blocker
Phone: (512) 463-0130

Senator Estes Urges Tax Fairness to Promote Economic Recovery in Texas

Commends Senator Hutchison for pushing issue in Congress

Austin -- During the 78th Legislative Session that concluded June 2, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 authored by State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) which urges the U.S. Congress to restore federal income tax deductions for state and local sales taxes paid by Texans.

"Restoring these deductions will create jobs and strengthen our economy," Estes said. He cited a special report by the Texas Comptroller indicating that these deductions would save Texans $700 million in federal taxes and result in nearly $590 million in new business investing while creating nearly 16,000 new jobs in Texas.

In a recent letter sent to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) has stepped up her calls for the restoration of these deductions.

"I want to commend Senator Hutchison for taking a leading role in pushing for vital tax fairness for all hard working Texans," Estes said.

Estes said Congress should remember that during this month in which we celebrate our nation's independence that tax fairness is one of the founding principles of our Republic and noted that the process of allowing certain state residents to deduct their taxes, just because it is in the form of an income tax, is fundamentally unfair and unjust.

"Whether a state collects taxes from paychecks or at the cash register, our contributions to state and local government should be treated the same and equally deducted," Estes said.

"We can no longer afford to subsidize other state economies. It is time for Congress to stop penalizing hard-working Texas families. As Texans and Americans, we are willing to pay our fair share of the burden of federal government; however, we should no longer be forced to pay more than our share," Estes said.