- Implement a Texas-style Grace Commission to root out waste and inefficiency in all levels of Texas government, including federal government regulations that affect Texas.
Texas has thousands of local governments—counties, cities, school district and special districts—spending billions and billions of taxpayer dollars every year while rapidly increasing bonded debt and hiking property taxes. While governments conduct audits to detect fraud, they rarely examine their operations for efficiency or for statutory authority. Sometimes, programs launched to address a problem grow and drift over a period of decades, with little attention paid to whether the spending should be continued. A third-party, independent efficiency audit can identify potential savings by recommending best practices, program consolidation, or even termination, if needs can be better met through other means.
“A variety of factors—like heightened population growth, near-term budgetary excesses, and long-term structural imbalances—are putting pressure on state and local government finances. If left unchecked, these pressures threaten to erode the foundation of the Texas Model—low taxes and limited government.”