This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on February 24, 2015.
With the initial budgets filed by the Senate and House, the 84th Texas Legislature can begin the important discussions of how best to fund the needs of Texans with as few taxpayer dollars as possible. Though these budgets differ, both chambers’ recommendations are serious about limiting spending to leave room for tax relief.
Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, said recently that the Senate budget “contains significant tax relief, returning dollars to those who earned it in the first place. It will jump start highway projects and ensure that funding meant for roads are not diverted for other purposes. SB 2 doubles our commitment to a secure border, prioritizes education and meets our commitment to Texans who rely on health and human services.”
Heflin is the director for the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.