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House Bill 2889: Be Fruitful and MultiplyOne of the most ardent culture warriors in the state legislature is calling on Texas couples to breed—and breed, and breed some more. State representative Bryan Slaton, a Republican from Royse City, northeast of Dallas, has filed a bill that would offer property tax breaks to married couples who have four or more biological or adopted children. The tax credit would increase with each additional child, from 40 percent for four to 100 percent for ten or more. In a press release touting his idea, Slaton cited falling birth rates—which have nose-dived in Texas since 2007, particularly among Hispanics, following a nationwide trend—as the policy rationale for his proposal. The former minister added a biblical admonition: “With this bill,” he said, “Texas will start saying to couples: ‘Get…

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