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.
The state constitution says only that state government can grow no faster than the state’s economy, but then let’s the legislature define the. But that’s no limit at all.
For two decades, the state has used “projected growth” in personal income as the measuring stick. Not actual growth – projected. So the legislature has been unlimited by the limit.