Texas Proposes To Steal Children's School Money For Oil Tax Breaks
Haha, what do gigantic bloodthirsty oil companies love more than gazillions of dollars in tax breaks? Gazillions of dollars in tax breaks thatchildren must pay for, with their lunch money dimes and schoolbooks and sad faces. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (which sounds about as real as a Texas Commission on Banning Jesus) is studying the possibility of forcing ailing Texas schools to return tens of millions of dollars in property taxes to their friendly neighborhood oil refineries, who claim they are owed all this money as a tax refund on emissions-reducing equipment they were forced to buy. Someone has to pay for these public health upgrades, and it's sure not going to be a bunch of billion-dollar oil companies. THIS IS AMERICA FOR GOD'S SAKE.
The AP reports:
Three commissioners appointed by Gov. Rick Perry may grant some of the nation's largest refineries a tax refund of more than $135 million — money Texas' cash-strapped schools and other local governments have been counting on to help pay teachers and provide other public services.
The property tax refund would mean more pain for some communities after a year in which state lawmakers grappled with a $27 billion shortfall and slashed spending on public schools by more than $4 billion. Nearly half the refund would be taken from public schools, and those in cities where the refineries are based would be hurt most.
Blah blah and the oil company spearheading this insanity, Valero Energy, also donated $147,895 to Rick Perry, that is how these stories go, who even needs children because you cannot burn them up and make them into oil, what good are kids. Oil companies are America's Future, and that is the truth. [AP]