Tax-Free Food, Drinks, Medicine, and Child-Care Services
LAREDO, Nov. 10, 2010 — Rep. Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo) has filed HJR 36 to protect Texans from higher taxes. The constitutional amendment prohibits the legislature from taxing certain food, drinks, medicine, or child-care services.
“These are difficult times and Texas families across the state are facing increasing financial hardships. Most foods and medicines are not taxed — and I want to keep it that way,” said Rep. Raymond. Rep. Raymond added that currently certain foods, bottled water, over the counter medicines, and day care services are exempt from taxation under the tax code. These exemptions are not constitutionally mandated. Each session, Texans face the possibility of being required to pay taxes on indispensable items that their families require to live. “My bill would allow Texans to vote on prohibiting a tax on such things as food and medecine,” said Rep. Raymond.
By Ray Gomez
Raymond worked on a recently passed bill that will attract 900 new doctors to Texas over the next four years through a physician loan repayment program.
AUSTIN, May 26 – Holding up framed poll tax receipts he said his father had to pay for to cast a vote, state Rep. Richard Peña Raymond on Tuesday told House members he would continue to fight the controversial voter ID bill for the fifth consecutive day.
The Laredo Democrat delivered a personal privilege address to House members and delivered an emotional account of traveling to Memphis, Tenn. as a child to see the hotel room where Martin Luther King Jr. spent his final night. Dr. King, said Raymond, was his ultimate inspiration.