|In most parts of Texas, preparing for floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other storms is a necessity. Families should be well stocked with emergency items. In 2015, the Legislature created a sales tax holiday to help Texans prepare for the storm season and to make it more affordable. Items like axes and hatchets to escape rising waters, first aid kits, carbon monoxide detectors, flashlights and other survival gear are now exempt from sales tax for a weekend thanks to this bipartisan sales tax cut.
Real need and rational thinking should have made the tax break noncontroversial. However, 23 Republican legislators, driven by ideology over common sense, opposed the disaster relief sales tax cut.
- One of those voting “no” was State Senator Lois Kolkhorst (SD18 – Brenham) whose district includes large portions of the Texas coast that saw some of the worst damage from Hurricane Harvey.
- State Senator Konni Burton (SD10 – Colleyville) also voted “no” and says tax breaks like the one on hurricane supplies is "manipulation.” If Burton had gotten her way and killed the bill, the big loss would have gone Texas taxpayers.