The recent vote adds to a growing list of times this session the Republican majority has been defeated by a minority of defectors working with Democrats.
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Unlike the state, Texas’ local governments do not have a uniform spending limit to encourage fiscally responsible budgeting.
Limits on government spending would go a long way toward shoring up a spreading epidemic of bureaucratic red ink.
Texas Republicans have been betrayed by House Speaker Joe Straus and his Appropriations Committee chairman, John Otto (R-Dayton). As you […]
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This legislative session has revealed the importance of keeping a tight control over government spending in good times, so that bad times aren’t nearly so rough. But with just days left in Texas’ legislative session, hopes are dimming for such reform unless lawmakers listen to their constituents.
Conservatives of all stripes agree on the need to limit the unchecked growth of government, and a year that has lawmakers tightening the state’s belt anyway seems like a good time to champion such commonsense, pro-taxpayer legislation. Yet, House leaders are not.
Taxpayer hero Ken Paxton, a state rep from McKinney, today filed legislation that would strengthen Texas’ notoriously flimsy spending limitation. His measure would add population growth to inflation, on a six-year rolling average, and lawmakers would have to use that number or the current measurement – whichever is lower.
Some 92 percent of Texas GOP primary voters cast their ballots in favor of Proposition 3, which says state and local governments should be required to limit annual budget increases to the sum of the population growth and inflation rate.