The Lesson Writing Assignments are worth no more than 100 points each. Submissions that are more comprehensive and detailed will earn a higher point total. You need several substantial paragraphs (minimum 500 words for each lesson writing assignment). This exercise is to show that you have read the material and that you have thought about the issues.
You should use New Courier or Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spacing, and one inch margins on all four sides of the paper.
All writing assignments will be analyzed using SafeAssign. That students are not copying from others work , Essays that contain plagiarized material will receive a significant reduction in points or a zero. Students may receive a failing grade in the course for submitting plagiarized material. Do not cut and paste information from an online source or copy information directly from the chapter without using quotations and citing the information you used. The assignment is to be formatted according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) style which includes a works cited page but does NOT include a title page.
• 3. Read Chapter 11, including “You Decide: Voices of Texas: What to Do with a Budget Surplus” and write an essay answering the following questions:
• Do you think that sales and use taxes are a fair way for the state to generate revenue? Why or why not?
• How should policy makers deal with a projected budgetary surplus? Should taxes be cut or spending increased?
• In the case of a budget surplus, what arguments would you make to the legislature to increase spending? Where would you increase spending? Why?
• In the case of a budget deficit, what areas would you target for cuts? Why?
• Under what circumstances should the legislature tap into the Rainy Day Fund?
• Why did the Texas Legislature give up the ability to set tuition at state universities and how has this decision impacted you?
Book in reference –
Champagne, A., Harpham, E., and Casellas, J. Governing Texas, Third Edition, W.W. Norton & Company.