AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation today announced the release of seven new commercials on the Texas state budget debate, to be aired in media markets across Texas from May 5th through 11th.

Among the commercials are two featuring the return of former U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm to the television airwaves and one in Spanish featuring the president of the San Antonio Tea Party.

This statewide release of 10 total commercials – seven new plus three run only in Austin the preceding week – is an expanded effort in the Foundation’s public engagement in the state budget debate.

“We are so pleased to be taking our television spots across Texas after a successful run in the Austin area last week,” said Foundation President Brooke Rollins, “And we are profoundly grateful to everyone who participated in the filming: former Midland Mayor Ernest Angelo, San Antonio Tea Party president George Rodriguez, and especially Sen. Phil Gramm and Dr. Wendy Gramm. Their dedication to limited government and fiscal responsibility in our great state is truly inspiring.”

The commercials, undertaken as part of the Texans for a Conservative Budget coalition, all underscore the message that the Texas legislature must craft a budget that meets three conditions:

– No new taxes. – No use of the Rainy Day Fund. – No spending beyond the state’s means.

Viewers are directed to, where they may take action to contact legislators and make their views known.

“The principles of fiscal rectitude and budgetary restraint aren’t just ideological talking points,” Rollins said. “They’re foundations of the prosperity and liberty of individual Texans and their families. That’s why it’s so important this message gets out. Texas is, now more than ever, America’s economic powerhouse. No state has more Fortune 500 companies, and we are creating more jobs by orders of magnitude more than any other state. Defending that record – and extending it – is why we must get this state budget right.”

The week-long run of commercials will be viewable by television watchers and cable subscribers in Bryan-College Station, San Angelo, Lubbock, Killeen, Waco, Houston, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Rio Grande Valley. The commercials are also available online at the Texas Public Policy Foundation YouTube channel.

Brooke L. Rollins is President and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.

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