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Newsletter: Please Vote Tuesday

On Tuesday, you'll have an opportunity to make a big difference in the direction of this state. By spending just a few minutes at the polls, you can help us alleviate traffic congestion, provide relief from rising property taxes, and ensure that the surviving spouses of disabled veterans receive the benefits they've been promised.

These are a few of the seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that will be on the ballot Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you have questions about where to vote in Bexar County, please visit this website. You can also call 210-335-8683 for more information about the voting process.

Thank you to those of you who took part in early voting. I voted a couple of weeks ago at Lions Field because I know that this election is a great opportunity to address some key priorities. Among the amendments on the ballot this year:

Proposition 7 would dedicate billions of dollars in sales-tax revenue to transportation. Instead of raising taxes or fees, this proposal designates existing dollars for road construction and maintenance. And as I have discussed in previous emails, the passage of Proposition 7 will allow for the expansion of Highway 281 in San Antonio without tolls. For more information about how Proposition 7 will affect congestion in San Antonio, I hope you'll watch this video.

Proposition 1 would increase the homestead exemption by $10,000. The Legislature put this amendment on the ballot to provide some relief from increases in local property taxes. It is part of the $4 billion tax-relief package that the House and Senate worked with Governor Abbott to pass this year. Proposition 1 would also constitutionally prohibit a real estate transfer tax in Texas.

Proposition 2 would ensure that the surviving spouse of a completely disabled veteran receives the property-tax benefits that the state owed to that veteran. This amendment is a small but meaningful way to show our gratitude to the families of those who have bravely served our country in uniform.

Proposition 6 would establish a Constitutional right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, protecting these Texas traditions for future generations.

The nonpartisan House Research Organization has put together an extensive report about each of the propositions. You can read it here.

I hope you have the opportunity to take part in this important election. If you have questions about the issues on the ballot or anything else facing our community, please email me at joe@joestraus.org.