Gov. Perry Announces Texas Budget Compact

Key principles that will lead to a stronger Texas

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas — (HOUSTON) – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the Texas Budget Compact, composed of five key principles for a stronger Texas. The governor called on lawmakers to commit to these principles in preparation for the 2013 legislative session and going forward, urging the continued importance of carefully stewarding Texas taxpayer dollars, especially as Medicaid puts increasing pressure on our state budget.

“The priorities set and decisions made in 2011 helped stabilize our economy and kept industries hiring in the Lone Star State like nowhere else in the country,” Gov. Perry said. “It is imperative we remain committed to the sound conservative values that have brought us to where we are today. If Texas leaders will commit to govern and budget by the five principles of the Texas Budget Compact, we will ensure continued growth and prosperity, an honest budget, and more limited government.”

“Texas continues to face serious budget concerns that can only be addressed by significant fiscal reform,” Sen. Patrick said. “I am proud to continue my support for these initiatives and be among the first to endorse this compact.”

Gov. Perry is pledging his commitment to the following principles, and asking lawmakers to do the same:

  • Practice Truth in Budgeting
  • Support a Constitutional limit of spending to the growth of population and inflation
  • Oppose any new taxes or tax increases, and make the small business tax exemption permanent
  • Preserve a strong Rainy Day Fund
  • Cut unnecessary and duplicative government programs and agencies

Committing to these principles now is imperative as we address budget challenges in the 2013 session, specifically with respect to Medicaid, which already consumes a massive amount of our budget and is primed to eat up significantly more in both the short and long terms, especially if the Supreme Court upholds Obamacare.

Additionally, in order for Texas to continue leading the nation in job creation and economic development we must rein in state spending and make the small business tax permanent. Texas’ economy continues to rank number one in the nation for job growth and business climate. Our state has added more new jobs over the past year than anywhere else in the country, and the employment rate continues to decline, and is more than a full point below the national average. Additionally, state sales tax collections have posted steady gains over the past two years.

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  1. Don’t balance the budget on the backs of teachers and retired teachers. Keep in mind that teachers pay into their retirement evey month from their low salaries. If one teaches in a small town, starting salaries are less than 40k. It took me 20 years to finally reach 40k. Our teacher retirement fund is 20% our donations, 20% state contributions, and 60% investment over the years.
    Texas retired teachers have an actual fund with money in it. We do not retire on the backs of the Texas Tax Payer. The Texas Legislators are trying very hard to grab our retirement fund. Also, remember that public schools take every child who walks through the door. This includes illegals, special needs, general ed., and gifted. We take babies from birth who are visually impaired or blind and/or deaf. Are these children going to receive vouchers??? By the way, retired teachers have not had a cost of living raise since 1998, and we do pay close to $ 300 a month for our health insurance. Hedge fund operators in Houston are trying desperately to get their hands on our retirement fund.

  2. In the absence of any effort by House Speaker Straus and his pro-illegal committee chair lackeys, the Governor asking Legislators to “Support a Constitutional limit of spending to the growth of population and inflation” is simply a rubric to fool Republicans (not to be confused with true conservatives who clearly know better) that any conservative consideration will append to state spending.

    Straus and his lackeys conspired to undermine and usurp the will of the majority of Texas Conservative citizens and voters by preventing every significant immigration enforcement bill from being heard, debated, coming to the floor, or being considered. Freshman Republican legislators, even some incumbent “good ol’ boys” are now facing primary competitors because of their egregious treachery, and the RPT is shoveling out boatloads of cash (while facing a paucity of contributions) trying to keep these self dealing Lizard incumbents in office!

    Until and unless we remove our RINO Speaker, little reform and even less spending restraint will be demonstrated. I’m not surprised that Governor Goodhair would utilize the vague “Support a Constitutional limit of spending to the growth of population and inflation” because he knows that the flood of illegals and the madcap spending of a demonstrably misguided Texas House Leadership will continue, and this “vagary” will allow him to distance himself from the spending and legislative usurpation mayhem that political Martinet Straus will inflict on Texans! It wasn’t the missteps and hilarity of our hillbillie Governors Presidential Campaign hijinks that caused him to withdraw from the race, but rather the recognition by Conservative voters that calling oneself a Republican has little or nothing to do with ones demonstrable conservative credentials. Sadly, Perry had an opportunity during the balance of his Governorship to “straighten out the mess in the Texas House and Senate”, and by his comments it appears that he’s chosen to follow a self serving Republican, rather than a Texas Conservative agenda. Hope ranching picks up pretty soon Rick, after the way you’ve let your fellow Texans down, throwing us under the bus for Rino Straus, its my guess your out of politics and “back in the saddle again” at the end of your term. Your Legacy most likely will be that you offered endless hours of mirth, and prevented several “much worse” Democratic alternatives from victimizing Texans.

  3. Yes, ottovonb, key principles but not all the key principles we conservatives want. We also want E-verify.

    One of the key principles is: “◦Cut unnecessary and duplicative government programs and agencies.” How about if the state totally eliminates some agencies completely? Since our state is growing, those government employees can get jobs in the private sector.

    The following link provides a list of the Texas agencies. How many of these can totally be eliminated? How many reduced significantly?
    Why do we need: Office or Rural Community Affairs, Employees Retirement System of Texas, Office of the Fire Fighter’s Pension Commissioner of Texas, Office of the Governor of Texas-Commission on Women, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas Cancer Council, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Texas Film Commission, Texas Health and Human Services Commission and one just like it Texas Health and Human Services? Do we really need a Texas Music Office, Texas Public Finance Authority, Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, Texas Workforce Investment Council, Texas Youth Commission and Wildlife Damage Management Service?

  4. I think this is fine, however, want to see actual discussion of a few of the most basic issues, like education & property taxes.

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