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Propositions 1 thru 7 – Are you an informed voter?

Information and recommendations provided by State Rep Phil King

Proposition 1 (SJR 1)

“The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.”

DIGEST: Proposition 1 would increase the mandatory homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000. The taxable value of homesteads owned by the elderly or people who are disabled also would be correspondingly reduced. These provisions would take effect January 1, 2015, and would apply only to a tax year beginning on or after that date.

SUPPORTERS SAY: The property tax is one of the most onerous taxes. In areas of rapid economic growth where demand for housing is strong, homeowners, especially those living on fixed incomes, may be priced out of their homes by rising property taxes. The amount of the mandatory school district residence homestead exemption has not been updated since 1997, while appraisals have continued to increase. This amendment provides much needed tax relief by increasing the amount of the homestead exemption, reducing the amount of taxes paid by a homeowner. By making this effective for 2015 taxes, it ensures that relief is felt immediately. It also promotes economic growth by allowing homeowners to retain more of their money.

OPPONENTS SAY: The homestead exemption increase will only nominally provide property tax relief for homeowners. The exemption will reduce property taxes for the average homeowner by about $126 a year. The homestead exemption increase provides no benefit for those who rent homes. Property taxes are a local matter. The best way to control local property taxes is for voters to hold local officials accountable.


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Rotary Club gets briefed on recent session

Rep. King, R-Weatherford, calls session a success

No new taxes, some even cut

Immigration, entitlement spending remain a problem

Representative Phil King Receives TCCRI Courageous Conservative Leadership Award

From the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, Posted on: 08-13-2015

Phil King

Phil King

AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI) is pleased to announce that State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) has received the organization’s prestigious Courageous Conservative Leadership Award. A long-time TCCRI Board member, Representative King has been involved with the organization for over a decade.

Representative King was presented with his award at TCCRI’s annual summer conference meeting. “It is an honor to receive this award,” said Rep. King. “Fundamentally, good government is about bringing all people to the realization that the common good is grounded in faith and liberty. The policies we advance must reflect a healthy respect for those two things through limited government, free markets and federalism. I am honored to receive this award and to be a leader in TCCRI.”

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King discusses House tax cut plan

King Family

Friends, I wanted to show you the tax cut plan that Texas House Republicans proposed last week. The plan’s focus is on job creation and overall economic expansion. Please read below, but if you would like more details see HB 31 & HB 32.

➢ The House tax cut plan provides the broadest benefits to taxpayers, delivering tax relief to big businesses and small business, homeowners and renters, and every single Texan across the state.

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Legislative Update – April 10th

There are only 50 days left in the 84th Legislative Session! It isn’t uncommon to see committees meet until well past midnight and debate on the House floor is getting longer. The Legislature is working hard and I know at the conclusion of the session you will be proud of the conservative victories achieved.

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Legislative Update – April 3, 2015

The most critical item the Legislature must pass each session is the State’s budget. I’m proud to report to you that the House passed our proposed budget for 2016-17 earlier this week. In addition, we had a full week of committee meetings and constituent visits before the Easter weekend.

House Budget

After nearly 18 hours of debate (we finished at 5:40am!) the House passed our proposed budget for 2016-17 by a vote of 141-5. This vote total represents great consensus for such an important item. I believe that the budget we are sending over to the Senate is conservative while still meeting the core needs of our state.

I’m especially pleased that border security is being funded at historic levels, funding for public education is increased by $3 billion, and that this budget keeps us under the spending cap.

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Representative Phil King’s 84th Legislative Session Update

This week marked an important juncture in the 84th Legislative Session and also one of the busiest days yet. The House advanced legislation that will further secure our border, and the State & Federal Power & Responsibility Committee continued to look at ways to rein in the federal government.

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Legislative Update: February 20, 2015

Legislative Update: February 20, 2015
It has been a very busy week in Austin. Committees have started to meet, and legislators are working hard to ensure we have a productive session. Here are some highlights from the last few days:Wise County DayThis week I had the privilege to introduce a resolution recognizing February 17 as Wise County Day at the Capitol. It was great to see so many folks from home in Austin. We had a very productive time working on issues important to District 61. I always enjoy seeing friends from the district. If you are ever in town please know the door is always open to constituents.


Phil King

Phil King

Pursuant to Rule 1, Section 16, House Rules, I, Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of

Representatives, create the House Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility.

This committee shall monitor actions of the federal government, including federal legislation

and regulations that require or advise that states take certain actions or pass legislation or the actions

of the federal government in providing or failing to provide services to this state.

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Bills from Phil King

From The Texas Tribune, 01/14/15 –

83rd Legislative Session

Political Profile

Current Office: Texas House of Representatives
District: 61
Party: Republican
Capitol Office

Room: 1N.5
Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Phone: 512-463-0738 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 512-463-0738 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Total Filed (54)  See bills next page –

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