Courtney Gibbs TX Govt

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  1. Why do the proponents of basic testing believe that it will improve educational quality?
    Schools will be competing for students, money devoted to education increases, and higher standards
  2. Your family tells you that you were born in Tarrant County but you have lost your birth certificate. Which Tarrant County office should you contact to obtain a replacement?
    county clerk
  3. Which of the following officials is in charge of voter registration in most of Texas counties?
    tax assessor- collector
  4. Which of the following statements is TRUE about school performance in Texas?
    less prepared for college, high dropout rate, minorities more likely to drop out
  5. Which of the following legal disputes is an example of a civil case?
    A woman is accused of failing to pay a repair person for services rendered.
  6. Which of the following statements most accurately describes the process of judicial selection in Texas?
    State judges are chosen through partisan election
  7. Which of the following Texas courts would hear a case involving the violation of a city ordinance?
    municipal court
  8. A tax imposed on the extraction of natural resources, such as oil, coal, or gas is known as a
    severance tax
  9. A tax levied on the manufacture, transportation, sale, or consumption of a particular item or set of related items is known as a
    exise tax
  10. A tax on businesses chartered or organized in Texas and doing business in the state is known as a
    franchise tax
  11. An individual who wanted to shift the burden of state taxes away from middle and lower income families to upper income families would favor which of the following policies?
    the adoption of a personal income tax in order to reduce sales and property tax
  12. Based on political science research, which is the best explanation for the state's historic reliance on severance taxes on oil and gas production?
    the Texas economy has historically been based on oil and gas production
  13. Texas has a sales tax burden that is
    the 13th highest in the nation
  14. Economists who favor tax systems designed to promote economic growth believe that which of the following taxes has the largest negative impact on economic growth?
    income tax
  15. Family A earns $20,000 a year, Family B earns $40,000, and Family C earns $100,000. Which of the following tax systems can most accurately be described as progressive?
    Family A pays 5 percent of earnings in tex, Family B pays 8 percent, and Family C pays 12 percent
  16. In 2009, the state lottery accounted for which percentage of total state revenue?
    1.6 percent
  17. The budget proposal that is considered the most seriously by the legislature is initially drafted by which of the following?
    Legislative Budget Board
  18. Which of the following gambling taxes has generated the most money?
    the lottery
  19. Which of the following is an accurate description of the Texas tax system?
    the state has regressive tax system because of its reliance on sales and excise taxes.
  20. Which of the following is an example of a sin tax?
    tax on alcohol and tobacco
  21. As of 2009, which of the following is the largest item in the state budget?
    health and human services
  22. Which of the following is the most impiortant source of tax revenues for the state of Texas?
    general sales tax
  23. Internet businesses that have no stores located in Texas
    do not have to charge their Texas customers sales tax on purchases
  24. Which of the following purchases is NOT subject to taxation?
    the purchase of a pound of hamburger meat at a grocery store
  25. Which of the following state budget categories benefits most from federal funding?
    health and human services
  26. Which of the following state officials is required by the texas constitution to give the legislature an estimate of state revenues for the upcoming two-year budget perios?
  27. Which of the following state taxes does Texas government not levy?
    personal income tax
  28. Which of the following is a state tax on corporate income?
    franchise tax
  29. which of the following taxes reflects the ability-to-pay theory of taxation?
    progressive income tax
  30. Why did the Texas Supreme Court find texas' system of financing public education unconstitutional?
    because poor school districts couldn't raise as much local property tax revenue as wealthy districts even with the same tax rate.
  31. A justice on the Texas Supreme Court who disagrees with the decision of the court may issue which of the following documents?
    a dissenting opinion
  32. A maintenance man decides tosue a homeowner for $450 for failing to pay him for services performed. In which of the following courts would the maintenance man be able to file suit and present his case without having to hire an attorney?
    justice of the peace court
  33. A plaintiff is known as which of the following?
    the party initiating the lawsuit
  34. A number of political scientists have developed quantitative indexes to measure the official powers of state governors. According to these measures, how do the official powers of the ogvernor of Texas compare with the powers of other state governors?
    the official powers of the governor of Texas are among the weakest in the nation.
  35. Although the governor of Texas prepares a budget to submit to the legislature at the beginning of a session, lawmakers typically ignore the document submitted by the governor in favor of a budget documebnt drafted by which of the following?
    Legislative Budget Board
  36. Which of the following statements is TRUE about the backgrounds of governors of the state of Texas?
    All governors of Texas have been non-hispanic whites
  37. How can the governor's veto be overwritten?
    by two-thirds vote of each chamber
  38. How is the lieutenant governor selected?
    by statewide election
  39. How is the speaker of the house chosen?
    the speaker is a state representative selected by the full house to serve as speaker.
  40. In general, who decides which bill gets serious examination in committee and which do not?
    the speaker and lieutenant governor
  41. In State A, voters elect a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer and several other executive officials. Which of the following most accurately describes State A?
    State A has plural executive
  42. In the Texas House, committee chairs are chosen through which of the following processes?
    they are appointed by the lieutenant governor
  43. In which of the following circumstances would a conference committee most likely by created?
    a measure passes the house and senate in different forms
  44. Mark-up occurs at which stage of the legislative process?
    committee stage
  45. On which of the following measures does the governor enjoy a line-item veto?
    a bill appropriating money for the state budget
  46. Suppose identical bills are introduced in the House and the Senate. The House eventually passes the bill, but it is defeated in the Senate. What becomes of the piece of legislation?
    it does not become a law
  47. The legislature passes a bill in the last few days of a sessions and the governor vetoes it after the legislature has adjourned. What becomes of the bill?
    The bill is dead because the legislature cannot override vetoes cast after adjournment
  48. The mayor and council of a small city are unsure about the impact of a new state law on their city. Which of the following state officials would they contact for an official opinion as to the meaning of the law?
    attorney general
  49. What is the main purpose of an interim committee?
    to study issues between legislative sessions
  50. Which of the following individuals may officially introduce a bill in the Texas House of Representatives?
    only a member of the Texas House
  51. Which of the follwoing is responsible for managing the state owned mineral rights and state owned lands?
    general land office
  52. Which of the following is responsible for oil and gas regulation within the state of Texas?
    railroad commission
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