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.
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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.
If you can come to the Capitol only once this session, tomorrow Tuesday, April 10 is a great day to do it. Vitally important legislation to limit the growth in government will be heard by the House Appropriations Committee beginning at 12:30 in Capitol Extension Room 1.030.
Study shows many city governments are growing too quickly.
Overspending has resulted in $1,600 more in taxes that a typical Texas family of four has to remit to the state in this fiscal biennium.
To pay for House Speaker Joe Straus’ extravagant spending program, House Appropriations Chairman John Zerwas says he’s ready to loot the Economic Stabilization Fund.
Leaders of 11 conservative organizations say it is inexcusable for Texas House budget writers to consider using the state’s rainy day fund rather than reduce spending.
Such a change would bolster economic growth in Texas by reigning in the growth of state bureaucracy.
Over 93% of Texas GOP delegates voted in favor of spending limitations plank, while nearly 95% of the delegates voted in favor of the two-thirds threshold.