Texas Budget Compact

Perry Mails In Budget Vetoes

Perry Mails In Budget Vetoes

If you were looking for Governor Perry to make a statement about the excess spending and little tax relief in the state budget, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Outside of a political swipe at the embroiled head of the state’s Public Integrity Unit, the...
And… They’re Off!

And… They’re Off!

After spending your tax dollars at record-breaking and bank-busting levels, legislators are now hitting the streets looking for campaign cash. Republicans will wow you with tales of just how conservative they have been. They might think they are, but the results of...
Busting The Cap, Without Relief

Busting The Cap, Without Relief

When members of the Texas House meet on Monday, they will take the next-to-last step in busting the state’s spending cap. This coming in a session that has produced no lasting budget reforms and no real tax relief, despite a biennium with the largest jump in state...
Senate: Extreme Irresponsibility

Senate: Extreme Irresponsibility

Remember when everyone thought the Texas Senate would be the fiscal grown-ups this Session? Well, this week saw those hopes set on fire as senators voted unanimously to set the state on a collision course with a downgraded credit rating. Texas Senate The Senate voted...
The Void of Conservative Leadership

The Void of Conservative Leadership

Expecting bold leadership from your state legislators this session? Don’t get your hopes up. If the first 80 days have been any indication, lawmakers are more interested in maintaining the status quo with bigger government than enacting commonsense conservative policy...
Cooking The Books?

Cooking The Books?

Over the last year everyone involved in the legislative budget process has jumped on the end-the-gimmicks bandwagon — rhetorically, at least. But when the Texas House takes up the state budget on Thursday, they may end up endorsing a whole new way of cooking the...
Evaporating Commitments

Evaporating Commitments

Despite widespread commitment from Republicans during last year’s election cycle to ‘preserve a strong Rainy Day Fund’ as part of the conservative Texas Budget Compact, only 15 representatives put their legislative votes where their political mouths...
Tax Shift

Tax Shift

Apparently some states are looking to improve their competitive standing by cutting taxes. The list of soon-to-be-friendlier states is missing one very important entry: Texas. My friend Grover Norquist, who heads Americans for Tax Reform, recently sent out this chart:...
King: Limit Government Growth

King: Limit Government Growth

Legislation filed in advance of the 2013 session would strictly limit spending to the sum of population growth and inflation. Voters and taxpayers across the political spectrum have long supported this stronger limit on government. Passed by voters in the late 1970s,...