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March 9, 2020

Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute

House Committee on Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services

March 9, 2020

Regarding the Committee’s Charge: 

Study pension plan and personal retirement savings options for small businesses in order to...

February 25, 2020

Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute

Senate Committee on Finance

February 25, 2020

Regarding the Committee’s Charge: 

Interim Charge on Reviewing Investment of State Funds: Review the investment strategies and performance of funds invested thr...

December 3, 2019

While Texas is a low-tax state overall, its property taxes- which are imposed by local governments rather than by the state- are quite high relative to most of the country. Texas had the sixth-highest property tax burden in the nation in 2016, accord...

In this piece, TCCRI's Executive Director Tom Aldred explains why all Texans should vote to prohibit a state income tax on November 5.

April 11, 2019

The Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute applauds Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, and Speaker Bonnen after their release of a joint statement supporting a one-cent increase in sales tax as a means to buy down property taxes.

“For ove...

February 15, 2019

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 I. The State Budget in Perspective

Boosted by strong oil and gas, sales, and franchise tax collections, total tax collections for FY 2018 significantly exceed...

August 28, 2018


Texas’ General Appropriations Act (GAA) contains a vast amount of information. Indeed, literally every dollar that the state spends is, by definition, accounted for in the state budget. This is necessarily a vast amount of information becau...

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