This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on April 21, 2015.
Discussions each legislative session among some Texas legislators include how to spend every available taxpayer dollar. The 84th Texas Legislature may break that mold by restraining spending to needs rather than wants while providing historic tax relief.
Gov. Greg Abbott set the tone for both chambers by stating on multiple occasions that he won’t sign a budget that doesn’t include business franchise tax cuts.
Heflin is director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a nonprofit, free-market research institute based in Austin.