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Political, Economy of Texas. State and local government are funded by taxes Property tax – property is taxed and funds education Sales tax – largest source of tax revenue State and local governments receive federal funds for projects Federal funds – second largest source of tax revenue

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State and local government are funded by taxes

  • Property tax – property is taxed and funds
  • education
  • Sales tax – largest source of tax revenue
  • State and local governments receive federal funds for
  • projects
  • Federal funds – second largest source of tax revenue
  • – state and local governments collect fees
  • Licenses and permits, utilities, etc.
  • Interest on investments, state
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RIGHTS OF TEXAS CITIZENS

  • Including, but not limited to:
  • Rights defined in the Texas Constitution and Texas Bill
  • of Rights (many of these rights are also in the U.S. Bill
  • of Rights)
  • Article One of the Texas Constitution (Texas Bill of
  • Rights)
  • Freedom of worship
  • Freedom of speech and press
  • Freedom of assembly
  • Protection from unreasonable searches and
  • seizures
  • Equality under the law
  • Fair trial and rights of the accused in criminal prosecutations
  • Rights of crime victim
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PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS OF TEXAS CONSTITUTION TO THE

  • U.S. CONSTITUTION
  • Including, but not limited to:
  • Similarities and differences
  • Based on the principles of governments (See
  • 14A)
  • Three branches of government
  • Bill of Rights that list rights given to all citizens
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Municipal level

  • Structure – city limits, MayorCouncilCity
  • Function – provide government services, police
  • and fire protection, emergency medical services
  • (ambulances), sewers and water lines,
  • inspection of health and sanitation rules, and
  • zoning rules that govern what kinds of buildings
  • may be placed in certain parts of the city.
  • County (254 Counties)
  • Structure – precincts: each precinct has a
  • county commissioner, headed by a county
  • judge.
  • Function – Help the state collect taxes, oversee
  • and administer law enforcement, and provide
  • services to the rural population
  • State
  • Structure – Representative and Senate districts
  • Executive Branch – Governor
  • Legislative Branch – Representatives and
  • Senators
  • Judicial Branch – Judges
  • Function – maintain highways and state
  • law enforcement, interpret and enforce
  • laws, a prison system, and a National
  • Guard, supports public schools, colleges,
  • universities, and public health
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SOURCES OF REVENUE FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

  • Including, but not limited to:
  • State and local government are funded by taxes
  • Property tax – property is taxed and funds
  • education
  • Sales tax – largest source of tax revenue
  • State and local governments receive federal funds for
  • projects
  • Federal funds – second largest source of tax revenue
  • – state and local governments collect fees
  • Licenses and permits, utilities, etc.
  • Interest on investments, state lottery, and money
  • earned from public lands
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PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS OF TEXAS CONSTITUTION TO THE

  • U.S. CONSTITUTION
  • Including, but not limited to:
  • Similarities and differences
  • Based on the principles of governments (See
  • 14A)
  • Three branches of government
  • Bill of Rights that list rights given to all citizens
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