Fiscal Responsibly

 

Since 2001, state spending has nearly doubled, approximately 15 billion dollars more than the rate of growth in population plus inflation. The standard refrain heard from legislators is that their hands are tied because of federal mandates and dedicated funds that are part of the budget process. Despite these claims, when revenues fell 10 billion dollars below projections in 2003 and 15 billion in 2011, they were able to balance the budget for the following years. This happened only because the funds were not available to spend and they were required by the Texas Constitution to balance the budget. By holding a hard line on spending at the rate of inflation plus growth in population we will control the growth of government. By controlling the growth of state government, revenues will continue to increase allowing surplus funds to be available for the purpose of property tax reduction.

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