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Conservative Texas Budget

Texas government spending has increased substantially faster than the growth in inflation and population since 2004, at a cost to Texans of $15 billion this two-year budget cycle. That’s an additional $1,000 burden on the average Texas family of four, just to fund state government.

The Conservative Texas Budget Coalition was formed for precisely that reason: we can’t afford the consequences of more spending. 

Learn more at ConservativeTexasBudget.com

Recommendations

  • Pass a Conservative Texas Budget that limits spending increases to less than population growth plus inflation, in order to continue the economic prosperity in Texas.

Talking points for liberty fighters

  • States with low taxes have better growth, more jobs and greater opportunities.
  • Without spending limits, we will not see real progress. It is time to require state & local government spending growth to be no more than population growth and inflation for last two fiscal years.
  • Rising property tax bills discourage investment and create a drag on the state's economic performance.
  • Texas' margin tax is complex, costly, and difficult to comply with, giving rise to a less competitive state business climate.
  • Texas spends too much in part because the appropriations process is rigged to support more spending. A Tax Relief Fund would give policymakers a mechanism to reduce the spending growth while providing tax relief with excess funds.
  • It is time to adopt program-based budgeting along with zero-based budgeting and promote efficiency audits to eliminate government waste.

Our stance on specific bills related to this issue

SB 500

SB 500 exceeds the Conservative Texas Budget (CTB) limit and unnecessarily grows government at the expense of taxpayers and the Texas economy.

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