Public Opinion and the #TxLege Agenda for Wednesday, March 8

Some public opinion context for a couple of hearings at the Texas Capitol for Wednesday, March 8.

Chairman Dennis Bonnen is scheduled to convene the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday to discuss a handful of bills about taxes. The UT/TT poll asked folks what they thought the legislature’s response should be to the tight budget, which we shared Monday. Here are the toplines again, with a couple of different tabs.  #Spoileralert: folks in the suburbs really want some property tax reduction.

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Redesigning the system of K-12 public school funding in Texas17%
Establishing a school voucher program in Texas4%
Continuing to limit government by approving no new spending and no new taxes16%
Lowering property tax bills for homeowners20%
Lowering business taxes4%
Increasing state funding for border security operations12%
Increasing funding for Child Protective Services13%
Don't know/no opinion15%

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categoryDemocratRepublicanTea Party
Redesigning the system of K-12 public school funding in Texas24%14%9%
Establishing a school voucher program in Texas3%5%8%
Continuing to limit government by approving no new spending and no new taxes9%14%31%
Lowering property tax bills for homeowners19%24%21%
Lowering business taxes3%4%5%
Increasing state funding for border security operations3%20%19%
Increasing funding for Child Protective Services21%9%3%
Don't know/no opinion18%10%4%

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categoryUrbanSuburbanRural
Redesigning the system of K-12 public school funding in Texas17%18%15%
Establishing a school voucher program in Texas7%4%3%
Continuing to limit government by approving no new spending and no new taxes15%15%20%
Lowering property tax bills for homeowners14%24%21%
Lowering business taxes3%4%4%
Increasing state funding for border security operations8%11%16%
Increasing funding for Child Protective Services15%13%8%
Don't know/no opinion22%10%14%

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categoryThe Bible is the word of God, to be taken literallyThe Bible is the word of God, not to be taken literallyThe Bible is a book written by men
Redesigning the system of K-12 public school funding in Texas11%16%27%
Establishing a school voucher program in Texas5%4%4%
Continuing to limit government by approving no new spending and no new taxes15%23%9%
Lowering property tax bills for homeowners18%23%20%
Lowering business taxes5%3%1%
Increasing state funding for border security operations14%13%7%
Increasing funding for Child Protective Services9%11%20%
Don't know/no opinion23%7%12%

Later in the day (after the House adjourns), the House State Affairs committee is scheduled to hear Rep. and Chairman Byron Cook’s fetal remains bill, HB 201, which includes the following provision.

(a) A health care facility in this state that provides health or medical care to a pregnant woman shall dispose of any fetal remains related to that care, regardless of the period of gestation or weight of the fetus,

    by:
          (1)  interment;
          (2)  cremation;
          (3)  incineration followed by interment; or  
          (4)  steam disinfection followed by interment.             

In the February UT/TT poll, asked with deceptive simplicity whether they considered themselves pro-choice or pro-life, the totals were 41 percent and 42 percent, respectively. Expect it to feel that way in the hearing room.

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By law, abortion should never be permitted.17%
The law should permit abortion only in case of rape, incest or when the woman's life is in danger.26%
The law should permit abortion for reasons other than rape, incest, or danger to the woman's life, but only after then15%
By law, a woman should always be able to obtain an abortion as a matter of personal choice.38%
Don't know5%

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categoryDemocratIndependentRepublican
By law, abortion should never be permitted.12%8%22%
The law should permit abortion only in case of rape, incest or when the woman's life is in danger.14%28%38%
The law should permit abortion for reasons other than rape, incest, or danger to the woman's life, but only after then11%10%19%
By law, a woman should always be able to obtain an abortion as a matter of personal choice.57%45%19%
Don't know6%8%2%

Other Wednesday meetings and links to agenda at the Texas Legislature Online.