Greg Abbott on Budget & Economy
Constitutional amendment to limits growth of state budget
We must begin the process now to create a structure to pay down our state's debt. To keep Texas the premiere model for opportunity, we must constrain the size of government and maximize the liberty of individuals. To protect taxpayers from government
growing too big, we need a constitutional amendment that limits the growth of the state budget to population growth plus inflation.
Many of us have ridiculed states like California and Illinois as bastions of failed big government.
You'll be surprised to learn that Texas has more full-time state employees per capita than California and Illinois. That's shocking--it must be changed.
That's why my budget requires most state agencies to reduce their general revenue spending by three percent. Some of those cuts can come from hiring freezes and reductions in fuel and travel costs.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Texas Legislature
, Feb 17, 2015