Vote yes to say no.
That was was the message of Brown County Republican Party Chairman Robert Porter when he spoke about a proposition to ban a state income tax — which will be on the ballot this November — Thursday night at the Adams Street Community Center.
Porter was one of several who spoke at what was billed as a meet and greet for state Sen. Dawn Buckingham and hosted by the Pecan Valley Republican Women’s Club.
The filing period for the March 3 Primary Election began Tuesday.
Porter spoke briefly on the income tax proposition, known as proposition 4, before turning the event over to other speakers including:
• Buckingham, of Senate District 24
• Rep. Mike Lang of House District 60
• Dwayne Stovall, candidate for U.S. Texas senator
• J. Ross Lacy of Midland, candidate for U.S. Congress District 11
• Robert Tucker of Comanche, candidate for U.S. Congress District 11
• Wes Virdell of Brady, candidate for U.S. Congress District 11
Proposition 4, Porter said, “is a proposition for you to be able to vote to prohibit a state income tax. It’s kind of funny the way it’s worded. You have to vote yes to say no income tax. You have to vote yes to vote no.”
It’s actually a vote on whether to ban an income tax, Porter said. “It doesn’t mean you can never have one, it just makes it harder to have one,” Porter said. “Voting yes to ban the income tax — it can’t be passed by a simple majority in the house and the senate.
“Once we’ve approved this, then it will take a 2/3 majority for the house and the senate to override your vote and then put it back on the ballot, where you have another opportunity to say yes or no. That’s a very important vote so in proposition 4 vote yes.”
Porter noted that the campaign season has begun and said a candidates forum will be held in late January or early February at Victory Life Church, where more than 500 attended a forum in 2016.
“Filings are happening by each of the candidates and it looks like there’s going to be a lot of interest in a lot of races,” Porter said.
Porter also noted that there will no longer be straight ticket voting this year.
“That puts an extra responsibility on you,” Porter said. “It’s incumbent upon you to become informed and vote for the most conservative person who’s on the ballot. You can’t just check one box, say it’s all red and be done. It does impose a responsibility to be informed — which we should be anyway.”
See Sunday’s Bulletin and www.brownwoodtx.com for additional details about the Adams Street Community Center event.