Category Archives: Taxation

State considers fixes to school finance

Following a Texas Supreme Court ruling in May that upheld the constitutionality of the school finance system, lawmakers are examining several ways to revise the funding structure, which the court called an “ossified regime ill-suited for 21st century Texas.” The House committees on appropriations … Continue reading

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Supreme Court upholds fee on small tobacco producers

The Texas Supreme Court earlier this month upheld the constitutionality of a law enacted in 2013 imposing a fee on certain tobacco companies that were not parties to a 1998 settlement with the state. The court ruled that the Legislature had a rational basis … Continue reading

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Fee on certain tobacco products ruled unconstitutional

The Third Court of Appeals in Travis County recently affirmed a lower court ruling that a fee on cigarettes and cigarette tobacco manufactured by certain small producers was an unconstitutional tax. The state is expected to appeal the ruling to … Continue reading

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