AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry today urged Texas lawmakers to remain faithful to the conservative fiscal principles that have kept the Texas economy strong, allowed for tremendous job growth, and helped the state weather the national economic recession. On the heels of a strong revenue estimate, the governor urged lawmakers to take a hard look at providing tax relief. He addressed both the Senate and House of Representatives on the opening day of the 83rd Legislative Session.
“Two years ago we chose a fiscally conservative path that has led us here today by prioritizing and tightening our belts. This session is an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the policies that have made Texas economically strong in the first place,” said Gov. Perry. “When people keep more of their own money it’s better for them, it’s better for their families, and it’s better for the state. It’s time to take a hard look at providing tax relief.”
The governor outlined priorities for the session, which include ensuring Texas’ infrastructure continues to support our growing population and economic demands, an accountable education system that produces a skilled workforce and conservative budget priorities outlined in the Texas Budget Compact:
•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
To view full text of the governor’s remarks, please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/18031/.