We should be considering how we can equitably shift the tax burden to help property taxpayers while simultaneously reaffirming our constitutional duty to our schools and students. Businesses, civic leaders and the people of Texas are not — and should not be — willing to accept proposals that sacrifice a generation of public education students to campaign rhetoric disguised as policy solutions.
Across the country, allegations of misconduct have resulted in at least 18 male state lawmakers announcing their resignations or being stripped of leadership positions, and there are more than a dozen additional cases pending. Disappointingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, the Texas Legislature is not immune.
If we can set aside the politics and hard feelings, we might be able to forge a partnership that will create something wonderful for our community. There are a lot of things about which the city and state don't see eye-to-eye, but the transformation of the Capitol Complex shouldn't be one of them.
Religion, beliefs and values are part of who we are and certainly part of what shapes our ideologies, but at what point do personal beliefs and the policies those beliefs create infringe on the rights of others?