TTARATexas Taxpayers and Research Association
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"The bottom line is that all of these tricks, all of these methods, have been used before," said Dale Craymer, president of TTARA. "It's just that we're using them to greater amounts than what we've done before."
The short form: A $1.9 billion deferral now would add $3.8 billion to that hole TTARA is already describing.
In its report, TTARA offered one bright spot for state government.
TTARA's analysis puts Texas with the 33rd lowest tax burden on business across the states - roughly where the Tax Foundation ranks our property, sales and corporate taxes and leaving plenty of room for improvement.
In Texas, individuals pay about 35 percent of state and local taxes, according to TTARA's research.