Government Quiz 12

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  • 1. 
    Because the tax system in Texas is not easily adjusted to ups and downs in the economy, it is said to ________.
    • A. 

      Be recession-driven

    • B. 

      Be inflation-driven

    • C. 

      Lack prorressivity

    • D. 

      Lack regressivity

    • E. 

      Lack elasticity

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Taxes

    • B. 

      Federal grants

    • C. 

      Fees and other sources

    • D. 

      Investment income

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 3. 
    Which of the following officials serves as the state's tax collector?
    • A. 

      Attorney general

    • B. 

      Treasurer

    • C. 

      Comptroller

    • D. 

      Secretary of State

    • E. 

      Auditor

  • 4. 
    Because framers of the state constitution believed in "pay-as-you-go" government, emergency borrowing by the state must be approved by _________.
    • A. 

      A two-thirds majority vote of the legislature

    • B. 

      A four-fifths majority vote of the legislature

    • C. 

      The governor, the lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the House

    • D. 

      The governor, the treasurer, and the comtroller of public accounts

    • E. 

      The lieutenant governor, the speaker of the House, and the treasurer

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      Motor fuels tax

    • B. 

      Personal income tax

    • C. 

      Excise tax

    • D. 

      General sales tax

    • E. 

      Severance tax

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      The general sales tax

    • B. 

      The insurance premium tax

    • C. 

      The ad valorem property tax

    • D. 

      The tobacco and alcohol tax

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    The two state agencies that play a major role in the initial formulation of the budget are the Office of Budget and Planning and the __________.
    • A. 

      Legislative Budget Board

    • B. 

      Legislative Reference Service

    • C. 

      General Accounting Office

    • D. 

      Comptroller's Office

    • E. 

      Treasurer's Office

  • 8. 
    The largest single functional category of state spending in Texas is _________.
    • A. 

      Health and human services

    • B. 

      General government

    • C. 

      Education

    • D. 

      Public safety and corrections

    • E. 

      Business and economic development

  • 9. 
    The tax resource that the state of Texas derives most of its revenue from is the ___________.
    • A. 

      Severance tax

    • B. 

      Income tax

    • C. 

      Property tax

    • D. 

      Sales tax

  • 10. 
    According to Professor Newell, a good tax system is _________.
    • A. 

      One that collects the money that it needs

    • B. 

      Fair, balanced, and equitable

    • C. 

      One that relies heavily on sales tax

    • D. 

      Both A and B

  • 11. 
    A constitutional amendment was approved which increased property tax exemptions from $5,000 to $15,000 per homeowner. How did this affect the Sunnyvale Independent School District?
    • A. 

      Sunnyvale was no longer classified as a wealthy school district

    • B. 

      Sunnyvale was no longer classified as a poor school district

    • C. 

      Sunnyvale decided to increase the tax rate in their district

    • D. 

      Sunnyvale closed its schools

  • 12. 
    Critics of adding a personal income tax in Texas claim that _______.
    • A. 

      People do not like the idea and will not vote to approve it

    • B. 

      It would be difficult to collect and enforce

    • C. 

      It would require a large bureaucracy

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 13. 
    Between 1971 and 1984, there were no increases in state tax rates and no new taxes adopted in Texas.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    The three committees of the legislature with primary responsibility for budgeting and appropriating are the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Appropriations Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False