As part of our continued coverage of the recently completed legislative session, we will be releasing a series of sit down interviews with key conservative legislators that had an impact on important issues during the session. Our 3rd interview is with Rep. Phil King. We talked with Rep. King about the important battle on the budget, including his leadership in efforts to cut spending, not raise taxes, and to protect the state’s rainy day fund.
Today, Gov. Rick Perry signed the 2012-2013 Texas budget in Amarillo, Texas. Texas legislators successfully balanced the budget without raising taxes or using the Rainy Day Fund.
Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO for Liberty Institute, attended the bill signing ceremony today and released the following statement:
“We are so thankful that Texas is not Washington, D.C., and Governor Perry and the Texas Legislature have shown the rest of the country how to pass a balanced budget without raising taxes. Fiscal responsibility protects families, brings greater prosperity, and protects our freedoms by not ballooning government. This is why so many people and businesses are moving to Texas.”
The 82nd Texas Legislative Session ended yesterday. Victories include the Sonogram bill, the Choose Life license plate bill, a conservative balanced budget (that didn’t raise taxes, doesn’t use the rainy day fund), and Voter I.D. And quickly thereafter, it was announced that the first called Special Session begins today.
We’ll continue our work on conservative social and fiscal issues during the special session as well.
Two items we’ll be covering for sure are budget issues related to defunding Planned Parenthood, no use of the rainy day fund and no new taxes, and education policy that respects the authority of the State Board of Education.
We are in support of this effort. More details here. http://www.taxpayersavingsgrants.org/home
Liberty Institute supports a Texas State Budget that will live within the state’s fiscal means. Texans for a Conservative Budget, a strong coalition of conservative groups and organizations from around the state and which Liberty Institute is a part, has launched a new website: conservativebudget.com/
We encourage you to visit the website and find out how you can tell your Representatives that Texas deserves a conservative Budget.
Yesterday was an important day at the Capitol as conservative groups from all over the state stood together to stand for a conservative budget. The message was simple:
- Cut non-essential programs
- Don’t raise taxes or fees
- Don’t go back into the Rainy Day fund
Now that the Texas House has passed HB 1, the budget must now be debated and voted on by the Senate. Click here to find your elected officials contact information, or you can download our Texas Legislative Guide with all of Texas’ elected officials contact information at http://legislativeguide.libertyinstitute.org/
Below find video of the entire press conference.