Governor's Message to the 56th legislature. Page: 19 of 41
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States of New York, Michigan, Irdiana, Ohio and Illinois collect from two to nine
times as much in taxes per thousand cubic feet on Texas gas than our State collects.
True, these States levy their taxes of from 1 1/2 per MCF in Indiana to 6 per
MCF in New York directly on the consumer, or as a gross receipts tax on the
distributor. Nevertheless, they are receiving from the product of Texas such a
high rate that we would be guilty of negligence if we did not obtain a greater share
of the tax revenue from this irreplaceable natural resource.
2. An increase of the tax on motor vehicle sales from 1. 1o to 1.8% for a
net return of $12, 900, 000 per year. This would leave our rate on this tax 0. 2%
below that of Oklahoma and Louisiana and 1.2%o below that of Arkansas.
3. An increase in the tax on distilled liquor from the present rate of $1.408
to $2. 50 per gallon, which is above Louisiana's rate of $1.68, but the same as that
of Arkansas. This would yield $9, 100, 000 per year.
4. I recommend the same percentage of tax on cigars and other tobacco
products, with the exception of snuff, which is now levied on cigarettes. This
will yield $7, 000, 000 per year.
The enactment of all of these recommendations both from sources other than
new taxes, and from the additional taxes, would yield for the biennium $10, 000, 000
more than necessary to meet the budget I have recommended. I have preferred to
leave this for your adjustment rather than to recommend less than enough to care
for our requirements.
RESOURCES FOR THE FUTURE
In addition to the foregoing, I am sure you will give consideration to the needs
for further improvements in our public school system comprehensively reported by
the Hale-Aikin Committee as a result of their contacts with interested citizens in
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Price, Daniel. Governor's Message to the 56th legislature., book, January 21, 1959; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5870/m1/19/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .