For more than two decades, Texas legislators have used sales tax revenues from sporting goods sales as a private piggy bank, directing those receipts away from the outdoors to other line items in the state budget. Thanks to the Texas Coalition for State Parks, however, voters can amend the Texas Constitution by supporting Proposition 5 this month, which would automatically appropriate all revenues from sporting goods sales tax to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission. Currently, Texas’s 95 state parks and 22 historic sites do not receive all revenues from the sporting goods sales tax, which is contrary to the intention of a 1993 law.
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