The state's highest civil court ruled that using property taxes to pay for education amounts to an unconstitutional statewide property tax. It says lawmakers must repair quickly the $30 billion education funding system.
By a seven-to-one vote, justices ruled Texas must find a new way to fund schools by June 1 or classrooms will remain closed in the fall.
Property taxes are not a progressive tax and are far inferior forms of taxation for public services than income taxes. However, Texas is now in crisis mode. The second most populated state must figure out how to pay for its (horrid) educational system or public school won't exist come fall. Seeing as how Texas doesn't have an income tax of any kind, it seems that it will have to create one before June 1.