One on one with the "tax-man" State Senator Paul Bettencourt

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Senator Paul Bettencourt designs $18 billion rebate plan

Houston State Senator Paul Bettencourt was the principal architect of a rebate plan, resulting in $18 billion being allocated to the citizens of a state with 30 million residents.

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Even in a state with 30 million residents - $18 billion dollars is a great deal of money for a government to kick-back to the citizens it serves.

While it was Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dade Phelan drawing the lions’ share of headlines during the months-long "cage fight" preceding the was Houston State Senator Paul Bettencourt who was the principal architect of the rebate plan which ultimately emerged.