Look at your property tax bill from 6 years ago when Gio was elected and tell us what you see. You see huge increases, some of you 50% or more, and the same political establishment that gave you that is endorsing Giovanni Capriglione. Gio represents several property rich districts whose tax money is literally being stolen and redistributed to other areas of the state.
Question: Why has Gio never introduced or supported any form of Robin Hood repeal or other tax reform like he campaigned on?
Answer: Because any discussion about Robin Hood repeal would jeopardize his Democrat support and the support of the education system who also doesn't want the current system altered in any way that would limit their ability to spend, borrow and tax.
Read this shocking yet revealing quote from former Colleyville City Councilman Chris Putnam:
”I personally participated in legislative calls with our state rep and other local mayors last session as the Mayor Pro tem from Colleyville and listened to them first hand scheme to kill property tax reform. Gio actively worked to obstruct SB1 and property tax reform. They did it by using some clever and deceptive parliamentary tricks courtesy of his boss, Joe Straus. The best part is I recorded the entire conversation because I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.”
A major red flag for Republican voters in District 98 should be the Fort Worth Star Telegram’s endorsement of Giovanni Capliglione over his Republican Primary opponent Armin Mizani. They literally say that Gio is the “proven conservative choice for Tarrant.” Have you ever known the Star Telegram and Bud Kennedy to push a real conservative candidate? In rejecting Armin Mazini they claimed his plan for reforming our dysfunctional property tax system and ending the insanity of robin hood is "unrealistic" and “thin.” Do they really seem like people who’d want your taxes lowered?
What would Armin have done? “As State rep I would have supported the tax relief measures that Abbott sought and which my opponent voted against. Capping government spending was a campaign promise of my opponent back when he first ran yet one in which he voted against this last session. Call me crazy, but I believe in the notion one ought to govern as they campaign.” Armin Marzani
The Austin establishment has invested in Gio, and it has paid off. Giovanni Capriglione is simply not the man he campaigned as in 2012. Today he has a nearly identical record to the very opponent he ran against and called a liberal.
There’s more. Gio joined with a handful of Republicans and all the Democrats to kill HB208. This bill was a top priority of the Republican Party in Texas and Governor Gregg Abbott and would have imposed a stronger state spending limit based on population growth and inflation. Gio voted against capping the growth of State spending, something he had previously supported.
If Republicans have complete control over the Texas House, why is our budget still chock- full of bloat and corporate welfare?
Gio voted for funding the Commission on the Arts , for misappropriating funds from the Economic Stabilization Fund, against maintaining zero balance of the Texas Enterprise Fund, for giving reimbursements to NASCAR, for keeping accounting gimmicks in the State Budget, for HB 21 giving more money for public schools without structural reforms, and his most controversial vote: voting for HB486 allowing school districts greater flexibility to increase taxes.
The list could go on and on. For example, we haven’t even touched on immigration yet. Why, when Republicans completely control the Texas legislature, have no meaningful immigration reforms beyond a single sanctuary cities bill been passed? Why do big city mayors feel free to defy the law? We still have in-state tuition for illegal aliens? Yes, it’s 2018, and Texas still offers in-state tuition to illegal aliens! Why haven’t the magnets for them to come here in the first place been ended? Answer: Because Austin is run by a small elite who can be counted on to keep tax money flowing to their cronies and want to keep cheap labor available for their biggest donors.
“Business interests rely on undocumented immigrant workers, while pro-immigrant activists fight to protect the labor rights of those facing abuse and exploitation. When the Chamber of Commerce and the American Civil Liberties Union are on the same side of an issue at the Capitol, they’re hard to beat.”
“We know what an important part immigrant labor plays in Texas, and to suddenly wipe out large sectors ... would have a devastating impact on the Texas economy,” said Bill Hammond, head of the influential Texas Association of Business, the state’s top business advocacy group. “We need immigrant labor to do those tasks where not enough Americans will.”
This is the Austin Swamp. By the way The Texas Association of Business has endorsed Gio.
Giovanni Capriglione is not the man he told you he was. He changed. His voting record changed. His position on policy has changed. Don’t believe us? Here’s what Mark Jones of Rice University, creator of the Lib-Con Ranking of Texas Legislators, had to say, “Gio shifted farther left than any other Republican legislator in the caucus.
Conservative groups across the State have pulled their endorsement of Gio. They include Texas Right to Life, Young Conservatives of Texas, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Gun Rights and NE Tarrant Tea Party. So, who does support Gio? It’s a who’s who list of Austin crony capitalists, astro turf groups and special interests many of whom would have never donated to his first run. Here’s a partial list:
Texas Consumers Lenders PAC
Texas State Association of Firefighters Action Committee
Laredo Fire – PAC
Keller Fire Fighters Committee For Responsible Government
Dallas Police Officers PAC
Dallas Police Officers PAC
General Motors Company PAC
The Travelers Companies Inc. Political Action Committee
USAA Employee PAC
Hotel PAC of THLA
NAIFA TEXAS IFA PAC
TSCPA/Political Action Committee
Texas Health Care Assn. PAC
Centerpoint Energy, Inc. Political Action Committee
Congress Avenue Partners Political Action Committee
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP
Duff O'Dell - Grapevine City Council
Paul Slechta - Grapevine City Council
Nancy Coplen - Colleyville City Council up for re-election
Chuck Mogged - former Colleyville City Council
Gary Fickes - County Commissioner
Leon Leal - former GCISD Pres of Board
Becky St John - GCISD board member up for re-election
Mindy McClure - GCISD board member up for re-election
Laura Hill - Southlake Mayor up for re-election
John Huffman - Southlake City Councilman