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State Rep. Raymond addresses bill

Mayor Raul Salinas and State Rep. Richard Peņa Raymond talk about the bill HJR 36, that will prevent Texans from paying additional taxes on certain food, drinks, medicine, or child-care services. Photo Ana Solis/The Laredo Sun
State Rep. Richard Peņa Raymond held a press conference to address a bill that will prevent Texans from paying taxes on certain medicines, foods and drinks.
Thursday, November 11, 2023
By: Yanira Resendez, The Laredo Sun
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State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond held a press conference to address his bill for the upcoming 82 nd Legislation session. The constitutional amendment he presented, HJR 36, will protect the citizens of Texas from paying additional taxes on certain food, drinks, medicine, or child-care services.

Legislators are choosing to tax these basic necessities over other ways to obtain money. Items such as bottled water, a loaf of bread and medicine will be taxed.

“Taking food and medicine off the table shouldn’t be a tough choice. We’ll find the money we need somewhere else but the most basic of things, food people need to live, medicine that people need to live, we shouldn’t be taxing those things,” said Representative Raymond.

Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas added that this legislation would affect a lot of people, especially those with low-income.

If people do start paying sales tax, it will have a negative impact across the state of Texas. Hundreds to thousands of dollars will be over spent for an average-size family.

Those retired and living on a fixed income and those with a family will be the ones affected the most.

“This bill will prevent food and medicine from ever (being) taxed, not just right now but ever,” concluded Raymond.

The Legislature will begin considering bills early January.

 

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