There may come a day when Texas turns a shade of purple. When all desires of freedom and independence fail.
But it is not this day.
Last Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott held up a form for California’s state income tax in front of a camera and ripped it in half. He did so, encouraging his fellow Texans to vote yes on Proposition 4, which would amend the Texas constitution to ban a state income tax.
Join me to keep Texas a no income tax state.
On Tuesday, November 5th, vote FOR Prop. 4 to prevent an income tax in Texas.
Keep Texas, Texas.
@VoteFORProp4 #txlege pic.twitter.com/339n8ZU5ev
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 5, 2019
According to KSAT-TV, Texans were overwhelmingly in agreement and Prop 4 passed with 75 percent of Texans in favor and a ban on state income tax is now part of the state’s highest legal document.
“Today’s passage of prop 4 is a victory for taxpayers across the Lone Star State,” said Abbott on Tuesday. “I am grateful to Representative Jeff Leach for his bold leadership on this issue, and for the overwhelming majority of Texans who voted to ensure that our great state will always be free of a state income tax. This ban on such a disastrous tax will keep our economy prosperous, protect taxpayers, and ensure that Texas remains the best state to live, work, and raise a family.”
Not everyone was for the amendment. KSAT reported that left-leaning groups weren’t happy about the fact that taxes weren’t going to be raised, especially the Center for Public Policy Priorities, which spent thousands of dollars to defeat Prop 4.
Though we’ve had migrants from Smurf blue states like California and New York moving here by the thousands over the past few years, it would appear that the state just isn’t yet ready to start turning a different shade, or perhaps the best-case scenario is happening, and blue state refugees have learned not to implement economy-killing tax policies like the kind that weigh down their former states.
Either way, it would appear that Texas is still a haven for people who like to keep California in California.