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Texas Becomes First State in 50 Years to Actually Cut Budget Spending
Red State ^ | May 20th, 2011 | Leon H. Wolf

Posted on 05/22/2011 11:24:06 AM PDT by ForGod'sSake

UPDATE: Reading the release a little more carefully, this is the first budget cut in Texas in 50 years. I have no idea when the last other state was to actually reduce spending. I would welcome if anyone has the answer to this question.

Via the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the Texas Legislature has reached a deal for the upcoming fiscal which actually cuts government spending. This is not a reduction in the rate of growth, it is not a cut based on a proposed budget, it is not a series of accounting gimmicks, the State of Texas will actually spend less money next fiscal year than it did last year. In so doing, it will be the first state in 50 years to actually implement a real reduction in spending. From the TPPF release:

This state budget deal is a victory for all Texans – and especially for the Texans who worked hard over the past several months to remind our legislators that they wanted a fiscally conservative state budget. The announced budget deal is a win for Texas on three specific points:

• It does not use a single penny of the rainy day fund for the next biennium.
• It does not raise taxes.
• It does represent the first all-funds reduction to a biennial state budget in the past half-century.

“What happened in the Texas Legislature this session is more than just a victory for Texans. It’s a victory for America. Texas already leads the way in job creation, economic vitality, and economic liberty. Now Texas is leading the way in the most important cause facing our country: the need to live within our means.

“Today, in Austin, Texas, the men and women of our legislature showed it can be done. That’s a tremendous accomplishment for Texas – and it’s a shining beacon of hope for America.”

Indeed. Let us hope that John Boehner is paying attention - this is the kind of leadership the American people expect from Congress. Not budget gimmicks, not reductions in the rate of the Federal Government’s growth, but some evidence that the government is actually spending less from year to year. And while liberals and go-along-get-along Republicans claim that actual cuts to government spending will create economic disaster, the experience in Texas proves the exact opposite, as Texas remains the strongest state in the country in terms of economic growth.

Cut the budget. Make government smaller. Grow American businesses. Texas is proving it can be done.


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The first state to actually CUT SPENDING in 50 years was/is a surprise.
1 posted on 05/22/2011 11:24:13 AM PDT by ForGod'sSake
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To: ForGod'sSake

I love Texas and enjoyed listening to all the liberal loonies crying in Austin about it!


2 posted on 05/22/2011 11:32:50 AM PDT by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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To: ForGod'sSake
Three cheers for Texas. Let there be other states with courageous leadership to follow where they are leading.
3 posted on 05/22/2011 11:33:18 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: ForGod'sSake

Way to go TX. I do hope you are the first of many to follow.


4 posted on 05/22/2011 11:35:48 AM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: ForGod'sSake

Apparently Alaska cut actual spending in 2009/2010 or something


5 posted on 05/22/2011 11:41:06 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

It’s a small start IMO


6 posted on 05/22/2011 11:43:08 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: ForGod'sSake

AUSTIN — Raising hopes that lawmakers can avert a midsummer special session, legislative leaders forged a little-time-to-spare budget agreement Friday that cuts government spending by $15 billion over the next two years.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/05/20/3092444/texas-lawmakers-agree-to-budget.html#ixzz1N6jYWpht


7 posted on 05/22/2011 11:45:04 AM PDT by deport
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To: ForGod'sSake

and the educators are crying foul !!!!!

I love TX....


9 posted on 05/22/2011 11:51:09 AM PDT by Kimmers (Tell a lie often enough it becomes political........)
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To: hinckley buzzard

For those that may not know, our legislature in TX meets every 2 years—so we will have at least 2 years to enjoy the cuts...unless, of course, governor GoodHair comes up with some outrageous scheme that he can pull off without the legislature................


10 posted on 05/22/2011 11:52:55 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Kandy Atz

Don’t forget Puerto Rico:

http://reason.com/blog/2011/03/08/cutting-government-spending-an


11 posted on 05/22/2011 11:55:18 AM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (I'd rather be Plaxico Burress than Sean Taylor)
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To: ForGod'sSake

A real, actual cut? Not a reduction in the rate of increase?

Maybe Perry for President ain’t such a bad idea after all.


12 posted on 05/22/2011 11:55:55 AM PDT by RockinRight (It was crowded under Obama's bus BEFORE he threw 13 million Jews under it.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments

Uhhh... PR is not a state. Just thought you’d like to know. :-)


13 posted on 05/22/2011 11:57:06 AM PDT by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
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To: ForGod'sSake

Wow....and children and the elderly are not starving? Hear that California?!!!


14 posted on 05/22/2011 11:57:16 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Bockscar
Austin, Texas AKA Babylon on the Brazos

Now that there's funny, I don't care who ya are!

15 posted on 05/22/2011 12:02:41 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: GeronL
Apparently Alaska cut actual spending in 2009/2010 or something

I ran across a chart(probably on RedState) that I can't find again that showed Alaska with small but steady spending increases through 2010(?); FWIW.

16 posted on 05/22/2011 12:11:38 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have only two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!!!)
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To: ForGod'sSake

Okay. I saw someone post that Alaska had done it but I don’t know the details. I think someone even posted it as a reply on that redstate article.


17 posted on 05/22/2011 12:14:05 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: ForGod'sSake

The fact that this was done with DewCrist running the Senate and Straus running the House is amazing.


18 posted on 05/22/2011 12:15:14 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: ForGod'sSake

The fact that this was done with DewCrist running the Senate and Straus running the House is amazing.


19 posted on 05/22/2011 12:15:14 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: deport

Thanks deport. It was my understanding that Texas was looking a $27B shortfall in the face, which may or may not have been accurate. If true, $15B wouldn’t cover that so maybe Texas is counting on increased revenues from somewhere???


20 posted on 05/22/2011 12:15:28 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have only two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!!!)
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To: Bockscar

Austin has its share of conservatives too, they’re unfortunately just outnumbered.

If you knew what you were talking about, you’d know that Austin was on the Colorado, not the Brazos...


21 posted on 05/22/2011 12:20:26 PM PDT by Alan Rumack
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To: GeronL
The fact that this was done with DewCrist running the Senate and Straus running the House is amazing.

True enough. A super majority of Pubbies in the House may have had something to do with it. The fact that Texas found its spending scissors is gratifying in any case.

22 posted on 05/22/2011 12:22:18 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have only two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!!!)
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To: ForGod'sSake
“What happened in the Texas Legislature this session is more than just a victory for Texans. It’s a victory for America. Texas already leads the way in job creation, economic vitality, and economic liberty. Now Texas is leading the way in the most important cause facing our country: the need to live within our means.

“Today, in Austin, Texas, the men and women of our legislature showed it can be done. That’s a tremendous accomplishment for Texas – and it’s a shining beacon of hope for America.”

We salute you Texas

yellow rose of texas

23 posted on 05/22/2011 12:23:24 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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To: ForGod'sSake

I really haven’t followed the budget process closely but it’s still up in the air to some extent as they are still crunching numbers. The Comptroller gave them another billion or so in the forecasted revenues so that helped them some. There are still questions about the entire budget as they put the final numbers together for final approval in both Chambers. Also don’t forget the Feds kick a lot of money to the states. However the $15 billion in reductions applies only to the state expenditures which is going to be somewere around 170 billion over two years.

Education is getting hit and that will domino down to the local ISDs with personnel layoffs, progam reductions, etc.

And this from another article in the Chronicle:
In health and human services, the proposed budget wouldn’t cover $4.8 billion due to anticipated Medicaid caseload growth, meaning lawmakers would have to act quickly to fund the program when they return in regular session in 2013.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7575645.html#ixzz1N6uruAto


24 posted on 05/22/2011 12:32:13 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport
It would appear the headline for this thread was a tad premature; at least the dollar amount. Looks like there's still some fine tuning going on.

Eyelids slamming shut. Must be nap time. ;^)

27 posted on 05/22/2011 12:59:08 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have only two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!!!)
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To: Bockscar

No offense taking, I missed the sarcasm subtitles.


28 posted on 05/22/2011 1:15:29 PM PDT by Alan Rumack
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To: Bockscar

No offense taken, I missed the sarcasm subtitles.


29 posted on 05/22/2011 1:15:49 PM PDT by Alan Rumack
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To: All

I have this temptation to move to Texas..


30 posted on 05/22/2011 1:21:32 PM PDT by KevinDavis (The Birthers have a TMI issue..)
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To: Kandy Atz
I love Texas and enjoyed listening to all the liberal loonies crying in Austin about it!

It is music to the ears to hear them call in to KLBJ and whine when SGT Sam tells them we need to cut spending, not hike taxes.

31 posted on 05/22/2011 1:27:39 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back.)
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To: Alan Rumack
Austin has its share of conservatives too, they’re unfortunately just outnumbered.

Austin has its share of conservatives too, unfortunately they just don't vote.

That is a more accurate statement.

32 posted on 05/22/2011 1:31:43 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back.)
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To: Bockscar

I thought it was the Colorado river running through Austin. The Brazos runs through Waco.


33 posted on 05/22/2011 1:34:07 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: ForGod'sSake

Oh goody, now we’ll be barraged by the doom and gloom, “we’re gonna lose teachers” propaganda.

Meanwhile the construction of the $60 million hi-screwl foobah stadium in the neighborhood keeps going ...


34 posted on 05/22/2011 1:34:50 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Conservative States of America has a nice ring to it.)
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To: ForGod'sSake
This is not a reduction in the rate of growth, it is not a cut based on a proposed budget, it is not a series of accounting gimmicks, the State of Texas will actually spend less money next fiscal year than it did last year.

This is a big deal. Texans should rightly be proud of their state for this.

35 posted on 05/22/2011 1:45:19 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: Professional Engineer

hah-screwl foobah stadium?


36 posted on 05/22/2011 1:46:06 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: Bockscar

Austin, Texas AKA Babylon on the Brazos


Too funny!!


37 posted on 05/22/2011 2:05:04 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: Bockscar

As a 7th generation native Texan I enjoyed your comment.

For the geography purists, how about:

Austin, Texas AKA - “Commies on the Colorado”


38 posted on 05/22/2011 2:17:27 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: ForGod'sSake

Let’s not forget that Texas also just passed an Internet sales tax. All in the name of “Main Street” fairness. Funny how that fairness is actually being pushed by Wal-Mart (not Main Street) because Amazon is cleaning its clock. Wal-Mart also shoved through an Internet sales tax in its home state of Arkansas.

Before anyone gets teary-eyed over budget-cutting, let’s look at the taxes that were imposed to avoid real cuts, and the rainy day fund billions that were tapped to avoid cutting spending too.

Bunch of leftists pretending to be fiscal hawks.


39 posted on 05/22/2011 2:40:51 PM PDT by peyton randolph (Barack was Mohammed's horse. Obama is a horse's back side.)
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To: ForGod'sSake

Wow. Impressive. It makes Texas our most vital state and rivaling any other state in the diversity of its population, economy, and international reach.

Those responsible should be considered for national leadership.

Rick Perry would be great for America if he could bring that same insistence on reality to the national level.


40 posted on 05/22/2011 2:44:06 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: xzins
Rick Perry would be great for America if he could bring that same insistence on reality to the national level.


Please understand one thing about this process. The Texas Constitution mandates a two-year balanced budget which is based upon revenue forecast made by the Comptroller. This isn't necessarily the results of Perry or the even the Leg. However it is nice that they are spending less the next two years than they did in the prior budget but I question if that would have occurred had the forecasted revenue been equal to or greater than the previous budget.

41 posted on 05/22/2011 2:57:19 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport; P-Marlowe; wmfights

I understand that many conservatives are covertly very positive toward conservative Governor Rick Perry.


42 posted on 05/22/2011 3:16:04 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: ForGod'sSake

I expect the reverie will be short-lived and end when the local governments find out how much appropriations have been cut and RAISE PROPERTY TAXES MORE and AGAIN.

First they raise appraisals even in a falling market then rates.


43 posted on 05/22/2011 3:19:02 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: basil

They barely got it done this time...Just wait till 2013...

We thought it was a challenge to get it done this time...hehehe, wait till less revenue comes in to be divied up in 2013...

You think the cuts were deep this time...hehehe, we ain’t seen nothing yet...


46 posted on 05/22/2011 3:26:43 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: Kimmers
Well, of course they are.

Every single penny spent on every single thing is absolutely necessary to let the educators tell it.

I see it differently.

I went online and looked at the original budget and the originally proposed cuts. Can we say redundancy? There are programs on top of programs, many of which seem to be aimed at achieving the exact same goals. All of these programs and plans and wonderful new ways of doing things cannot all be absolutely vital.

I see other things that have come to be seen as normal and necessary which really aren't. I remember back in the dark ages, in a state other than Texas, seeing my local school superintendent pull up in front of my high school and get out and walk inside. We all stood around and watched, because his pickup truck was so old the door nearly fell off every time he opened it. We kept waiting for it to fall off completely (it never did). The superintendent of my local ISD here in West Texas drives a school-owned (and fueled) new Suburban, as do several other Administration members. This is a small district, BTW.

The wife of an Administration member of another local ISD recently complained to me about how "poor" their small district is (it's small enough that they play six-man football). A day or so later she mentioned in conversation that they were going out of town to visit family, using her husband's frequent flyer miles he has acquired through his travel for the school district.

A friend of mine is married to yet another administrator at another nearby district. She frequently tells me he is going to be out of town, traveling for school. Any time anyone is going for any training, he goes too, though he does not spend any time in the classroom. He goes (in his school-owned and school-fueled vehicle) to "support the students" at every ball game, track meet, tennis match, literary meet, stock show, etc he can possibly get to. That's a nice idea, but necessary?? Then there are always "meetings."

Anyway, I am convinced that most school districts, if forced, could find ways to reduce spending other than taking textbooks and teachers out of the classrooms.

48 posted on 05/22/2011 3:27:26 PM PDT by susannah59
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To: Bockscar
Austin, Texas AKA Babylon on the Brazos

As has been already pointed out, wrong river. If anything, that would offend UT students because their rival school Texas A&M is on the Brazos River (dittos with Baylor University, but who cares about them?)

And I don't get the Babylon reference. Sodom and Gomorrah? Yeah, I can see that, because I feel as vexed as Lot much of the time.

Babylon was the home of the world's most powerful nation and leader of all history, and was characterized as the gold head in Nebuchadnezzar's dream. There may be a bunch of fruits hanging around here, but that doesn't make them the ancient wonder Hanging Gardens

49 posted on 05/22/2011 4:12:20 PM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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To: Bockscar
You are right. It does. I was trying to come up with a quip and needed a word to rhyme with Babylon.

"Brazos" doesn't rhyme with "Babylon", alliteration maybe, but not rhyme.

How about "Sodom of the Southwest"

50 posted on 05/22/2011 4:17:23 PM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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