Texas Association of Realtors endorses Larry Taylor

April 6, 2012

Texas’ most influential association pledges its support

April 4, 2012 – AUSTIN – The Texas Association of Realtors today announced its decision to endorse Larry Taylor in his election to the Texas Senate to represent District 11. Making the statement last week, Chairman Joe Stewart applauded Taylor’s commitment to Texas homeowners.

“The next legislative session will be filled with difficult decisions,” said Stewart. “That’s why we need lawmakers like Taylor who understand the critical role homeowners play in keeping our state prosperous, which is why we’ve pledged our full support.”

Texas is leading the nation’s economic recovery, due in large part to its strong real estate market. To maintain that momentum, Texas’ lawmakers must understand homeowners’ concerns and act to bolster homeownership in the state and supporting those efforts is the association’s top priority this election season. Through the candidate interview process of the Texas Association of Realtors, Larry Taylor – who has been a member of the Texas House since 2003 – clearly showed a command of issues critical to sustaining our Texas economy, as well as the needs and challenges our fast-growing state will encounter at the Legislature in the future.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Texas Association of Realtors,” Taylor said. “As small business owners, Texas Realtors make the dream of homeownership more affordable for all Texans and I will strive to help support this important goal.”

As one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the state, the Texas Association of Realtors expects to be a considerable grassroots force for Larry Taylor.

Texas Realtors have championed a number of legislative issues enhancing the lives of Texans, such as urging reforms to the property appraisal system in 2011 and 2009, preventing a tax of $600 or more on the personal vehicles of independent Texans in 2007 and advocating for billions in property tax reductions in 2005. To learn more about Texas Realtors’ legislative advocacy on behalf of its members and homeowners, visit TexasRealEstate.com.

About the Texas Association of REALTORS®
With approximately 80,000 members, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights, and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. Visit TexasRealEstate.com to learn more.

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Rep. Larry Taylor Joins Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court Challenging Obamacare

March 29, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Matt Welch (512) 417-8084; matt@horizonpublicaffairs.com

 

Rep. LARRY Taylor joins amicus brief to

U.S. Supreme Court challenging ObamaCare

- Says Medicaid Expansion Provisions are Unconstitutional -

 

FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS (January 19, 2012) . . . State Representative Larry Taylor (R – Friendswood) joined with 35 other members of the Texas Legislature in filing an amicus brief with the Texas Supreme Court yesterday challenging the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”.  The Medicaid expansion provisions of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (ACA) are a “massive frontal assault on State sovereignty” and unconstitutionally coercive of state governments, argues an amicus curiae brief submitted yesterday to the United States Supreme Court by the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF).

Rep. Taylor said, “This massive overreach on the part of the Obama Administration must be stopped.  Our state’s sovereignty must be protected and I’m hopeful the Supreme Court will agree with our position.”

In late March, the U.S. Supreme Court has set three days of oral argument in Florida v. HHS, one of the main lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 federal health care reform law. Amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” may submit briefs with information and analysis that may help the court resolve legal issues in a particular case.  The TPPF has submitted two such briefs for the Court’s consideration of Florida v. HHS – this brief on the Medicaid provisions, and one earlier in January on whether the individual mandate is functionally severable from other elements of the ACA.

“Title II of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act…contains Medicaid expansion provisions that will dramatically increase the fiscal burdens on States while drastically limiting their regulatory autonomy in providing health care,” the brief argues. “These burdens will fall disproportionately on Texas, where General Revenue Medicaid spending is projected to increase under the ACA by 48.7 percent in the first 10 years, more than in any other State.”

Medicaid was created in 1965 as a voluntary program jointly operated by the state and federal government. Since then, numerous expansions in the program’s size, scope, and requirements have served to concentrate power at the federal level. Today, federal benefit and eligibility requirements provide very little flexibility for states participating in the program.

The brief filed by Rep. Taylor and others focus on the conditions attached to the Medicaid program. The federal government taxes citizens of all the states to pay for the federal part of Medicaid, but only provides states with a share of those funds if they comply with a myriad of federal conditions.

According to the TPPF’s report, “Final Notice: Medicaid Crisis,” the Medicaid provisions of the ACA would increase Texas’ Medicaid caseload by 3.4 million people in 2014. Medicaid will become the largest line item in the 2014-15 Texas state budget – 46.6 percent of the all-funds budget – and require an additional $8.8 billion in Texas state revenues.

Mario Loyola, with the TPPF, said, “The ACA’s Medicaid expansion provides a Hobson’s choice to state governments.  Continuing in Medicaid allows the federal government to co-opt an ever-increasing share of their state budgets without regard for the policy preferences of their own citizens. Withdrawing from Medicaid means that their citizens are taxed heavily to support Medicaid in other states, and face additional taxes to maintain health care services to their current Medicaid populations – most of whom are subject to the individual mandate.”

“If the Supreme Court allows this massive frontal assault on state sovereignty to stand,” Loyola continued, “they will reduce state governments to nothing more than administrative subdivisions of Washington, DC. That is not the system of federalism enshrined in the U.S. Constitution by our nation’s Founders,” Loyola added.

The amicus brief from the Foundation and Rep. Taylor was co-authored by Mario Loyola, Director of the Foundation’s Center for Tenth Amendment Studies; and Richard A. Epstein, the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, and the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

 

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Larry Taylor Endorsed by National Rifle Association & Texas State Rifle Association

February 17, 2012

Larry Taylor Named ”Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business

February 2, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Matt Welch (512) 417-8084; matt@horizonpublicaffairs.com

 

Rep. LARRY Taylor named “champion of free enterprise”

by THE texas association of business

- Receives Highest Legislative Award from Statewide Group –

 AUSTIN, TEXAS (February 2, 2012) . . . State Representative Larry Taylor (R – Friendswood) was named a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business (TAB) at the group’s annual conference in Austin this week.  The award, the highest legislative award bestowed by the statewide organization, is recognition of Rep. Taylor’s strong pro-business, free enterprise and low-tax voting record during the 2011 Session of the Texas Legislature.

“The 2011 Session was one of the most difficult in recent history,” said TAB President and CEO Bill Hammond.  “Because of the budget challenges, lawmakers, like Representative Taylor, faced a lot of hard decisions, but thankfully the majority stuck with the plan of trimming spending and holding the line on taxes.  Because of the work of Representative Taylor and the others, Texas’ jobs climate remains strong.”

Rep. Taylor said, “I’m proud of the role we played in ensuring a strong business climate.  Texas is leading the nation in economic resurgence and stability and we are weathering these tough economic times better than any other state.  Our success is due to our conservative leadership, our commitment to opposing new taxes and our dedication to solving impediments to private sector growth.”

The Texas Association of Business is the “voice of business” in Texas.  Founded in 1922, the Texas Association of Business is a broad-based, bipartisan organization representing more than 3,000 small and large Texas employers and 200 local chambers of commerce.

The full TAB report on the 82nd Legislative Session can be found by clicking here.

Larry Taylor Named ”Taxpayer Advocate” by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

October 10, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Matt Welch (512) 417-8084; matt@horizonpublicaffairs.com

 

LARRY TAYLOR NAMED “TAXPAYER ADVOCATE”

BY TEXANS FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

 

LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS (October 10, 2011)  . . . Rep. Larry Taylor (R – Friendswood) was presented with the “Taxpayer Advocate Award” by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, a statewide grassroots organization working to restore sound fiscal stewardship within all levels of government.

Andrew Kerr, Executive Director of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, presented the award to Rep. Taylor at the monthly meeting of the Clear Creek Republican Women’s Club in League City, Texas on Friday, October 7, 2011.  Kerr said, “Representative Larry Taylor has been a leader in protecting Texas’ taxpayers and demanding responsible fiscal policies.  We are proud to present him this award.”

In accepting the group’s award, Rep. Taylor said, “I share many of the same goals of Texans For Fiscal Responsibility.  I’m for limited, efficient state government that is responsive to Texas citizens.  I have never forgotten that the tax dollars that run state government do not belong to the state, but to the people who contribute their hard-earned tax dollars.  I’ve considered myself a ‘Taxpayer Advocate’ in all my public service efforts.”

Last month, Rep. Taylor announced his intention to run for the Texas Senate in District 11.  The seat is currently held by Sen. Mike Jackson (R-La Porte) who has announced plans to run for a newly created Congressional district.  Senate District 11 is comprised of parts of Brazoria, Galveston and Harris counties.

Taylor is currently serving his 5th term in the Texas House of Representatives and his 2nd term as Chairman of the House Republican Caucus.  Taylor is the Chairman of the House Elections Committee a member of the House Insurance Committee, Co-Chairman of the Joint Windstorm Insurance Legislative Oversight Board, and member of the Texas Energy Council.  Taylor is the owner of Truman Taylor Insurance, a family owned business operating in southeast Texas for almost 50 years.  Taylor was raised in Friendswood, Texas.  He and his wife, Kerri, are the proud parents of 3 children.

 

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Brazoria County Leaders United Behind Taylor

September 29, 2011

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Matt Welch (512) 417-8084 cell

BRAZORIA COUNTY LEADERS UNITED BEHIND TAYLOR

- Endorsements Pour In From Every Possible Elected County Official -

FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS (September 29, 2011)  . . . State Rep. Larry Taylor (R – Friendswood) announced the endorsement of numerous Brazoria County leaders in his campaign for State Senate – District 11.  Taylor is the 2-term Chairman of the House Republican Caucus and the Chairman of the House Elections Committee.

Taylor’s legislative colleague, Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R – Angleton), joined him in announcing the impressive line-up.  Bonnen said, “There is a groundswell of conservative grassroots support behind Larry Taylor in Brazoria County and I’m honored to lead the charge.  We all know Larry and he will continue to be an effective voice for the taxpayers of Brazoria County and for Senate District 11.”

Rep. Taylor expressed his gratitude and said, “I’m overwhelmed by the support I’ve received in Brazoria County and appreciative of the trust these leaders have placed in me.  I’m going to work very hard to make them proud of my campaign.”

Endorsements from Brazoria County include:
Dennis Bonnen, State Representative District 25 (R – Angleton)
Randy Weber, State Representative District 29 (R – Pearland)
Charles Wagner, Brazoria County Sheriff (R)
Dude Payne, Pct. # 1 County Commissioner (R)
Robin Rape, Pct. # 1 Constable (R)
Matt Sebesta, Pct. # 2 County Commissioner (R)
Willie Howell, Pct. # 2 Constable (R)
Stacy Adams, Pct. # 3 County Commissioner (R)
C.B. “Buck” Stevens, Pct. # 3 Constable (R)
Larry Stanley, Pct. # 4 County Commissioner (R)
Fred Kanter, Pct. # 4 Constable (R)
Rhonda Cross Barchak, Brazoria County District Clerk (R)
Joyce Hudman, Brazoria County Clerk (R)
Sharon Reynolds, Brazoria County Treasurer (R)
Ro’Vin Garrett (R)

15 Local Mayors Endorse Larry Taylor

September 22, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Matt Welch (512) 417-8084;  matt@horizonpublicaffairs.com

15 LOCAL MAYORS ENDORSE LARRY TAYLOR

Republican Caucus Chairman Garners Widespread Support from Local Elected Officials in Race for Texas Senate

FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS (September 22, 2011) . . . Today, State Representative Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) announced the endorsement of 15 local mayors across southeast Texas in his campaign for Texas Senate – District 11, which is comprised of parts of Brazoria, Galveston and Harris counties.

Endorsing Taylor’s campaign are Seabrook Mayor Glenn Royal, La Porte Mayor Louis Rigby, Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell, Deer Park Mayor Wayne Riddle, Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, Friendswood Mayor David Smith, Santa Fe Mayor Ralph Stenzel, Hitchcock Mayor Anthony Matranga, Clear Lake Shores Mayor Vern Johnson, El Lago Mayor Brad Emel, Webster Mayor Floyd Myers, League City Mayor Tim Paulissen, Dickinson Mayor Julie Masters, Tiki Island Mayor Ted Kennedy and Jamaica Beach Mayor Victor Pierson.  Taylor had previously announced the endorsement of his Republican colleagues in SD 11:  Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), Rep. Ken Legler (R-Pasadena), Rep. Randy Weber (R–Pearland), Rep. Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) and Rep. John Davis (R-Clear Lake).

League City Mayor Tim Paulissen said, “Rep. Taylor is a principled, conservative public servant and we will be fortunate to have him as our State Senator.  He is an experienced leader who understands the key issues facing southeast Texas and will be effective from Day 1 in the Texas Senate.”  Pearland Mayor Tom Reid said, “Larry Taylor knows that government is not the solution to all problems.  He understands that less government is better government and is committed to the principles of free enterprise and individual liberty and serves his constituents very effectively.”

Taylor is currently serving his 5th term in the Texas House of Representatives and his 2nd term as Chairman of the House Republican Caucus.  Taylor is the Chairman of the House Elections Committee a member of the House Insurance Committee, Co-Chairman of the Joint Windstorm Insurance Legislative Oversight Board, and member of the Texas Energy Council.  Taylor is the owner of Truman Taylor Insurance, a family owned business operating in southeast Texas for almost 50 years.  Taylor was raised in Friendswood, Texas.  He and his wife, Kerri, are the proud parents of 3 children.