The Texas Senate has passed a bill supporting an annual tax-free weekend for Texas shoppers — those buying guns, that is.
Senate Bill 228, proposed by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R), was approved in a 21-10 vote and is now headed to Texas' House. Creighton called the tax break a "Second Amendment holiday weekend," The Texas Tribune reports, and he wants the holiday to be the last weekend of August, a week before hunting season begins. The tax break would cover firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies.
Not everyone is happy about the proposal, though — it would apparently cost Texas $3.6 million a year in lost tax revenue. But Creighton thinks the proposal would place Texas on a more even playing field with Louisiana, which already has a similar tax break in place, as do Mississippi and South Carolina.
"Since 2009, retailers in east and southeast Texas have been at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to their Louisiana counterparts," Creighton said in a statement. "Providing this sales tax break prior to the start of hunting season will be an economic driver for small businesses and will provide our hunters much deserved savings." Meghan DeMaria
Employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Texas Workforce Commission indicates that Texas alone is responsible for the net job growth of the last seven years. While the other 49 states plus the District of Columbia have seen a 0.2 percent decline in available employment, Texas has added more than 1.4 million new positions:
While the oil industry has contributed significantly to the job boom in Texas, other areas of work — like construction, finance, mining, and office work — are surging in the Lone Star State. Bonnie Kristian
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said his state might sue President Barack Obama's administration over his planned immigration executive order, Politico reports.
"I think that's probably a real possibility," Perry said at the Republican Governors Association's annual meeting.
Obama's plan, which he'll announce Thursday night in Nevada, could shield millions of non-violent undocumented immigrants from deportation.
The threat of a lawsuit from Texas probably isn't a shocker, given that state Attorney General Greg Abbott's self-professed job description is "I go to the office, I sue Obama and I go home," as Politico notes. Julie Kliegman