Contact: Peggy Venable, (512) 476-5905 or email@example.com Americans for Prosperity – Texas Joins Coalition Partners in Calling for a Conservative State Budget Statement by AFP-Texas Director Peggy Venable
AUSTIN – Government has grown too big at all levels. While the federal debt is nearing $16 trillion, local government debt in Texas alone is $322 billion. We are saddling future generations with a legacy of spending and debt.
While our spending has increased 310 percent between 1990 and 2012, population and inflation increased only 132 percent.
And education spending has been increasing at a rate of five times the increase in student enrollment.
As Texans are finding their family budgets strapped, it is not the time to ask them to dig deeper into their pockets to fund more government. We agree with Texans for a Conservative Budget that Texas government must learn to live within the available revenue and not raise taxes or fees.
Government spending and debt limit economic freedom. Putting limits on the size and scope of government allows future generations the opportunity to achieve the American dream.
Texas will continue to lead the nation in job creation if we continue the course set by the 2011 Legislature.
Texans for a Conservative Budget calls on legislators to craft a 2014-2015 Texas state budget that preserves the foundations of fiscal responsibility and limited government that underlie the tremendous Texas economic and fiscal success of the past decade.
Texans for a Conservative Budget is a coalition of policy and grassroots organizations.
The coalition released its recommendations at a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the Texas State Capitol. Organizations in the Texans for a Conservative Budget coalition include the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Americans for Prosperity-Texas, American Majority-Texas, Americans for Tax Reform, the Heartland Institute, and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.