AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation today announced that it has purchased a third week of commercial advertising in its campaign on the Texas state budget.

This third week of commercial air time, featuring the Foundation’s existing 10 commercials and running today through May 20, includes an expansion into the Tyler-Longview media market and an increased number of spots in the Harlingen-McAllen-Brownsville media market.

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.

The first two weeks of commercials garnered attention from statewide and national press, including the Texas Tribune, which said, “‎The most well-known campaign [on the state budget] … comes from a conservative coalition headed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. They’ve produced several ads with a broad and clear-cut message.”

“We’ve seen such a positive response from our recent local and statewide broadcast outreach we knew that we had to expand and widen our reach to include even more of Texas,” said TPPF President Brooke Rollins. “Our ongoing participants, to whom we are profoundly grateful, include: former Midland Mayor Ernest Angelo, San Antonio Tea Party president George Rodriguez, and especially Sen. Phil Gramm and Dr. Wendy Gramm. Their dedication to liberty is truly inspirational.”

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 great state of Texas continues to position itself as a leader for the nation and now, maybe more than ever, it is so important to illustrate the foundations of prosperity and liberty of individual Texans,” Rollins said. “Texas is a proven leader – with more Fortune 500 companies than any other state – and a leader in job creation; it’s critical that we continue to demonstrate just how great the ‘great state of Texas’ truly is. Last year the citizens of Texas voted for a voice in the legislature, a voice that wanted the state to live within its means – we must stand for our state and what she stands for and the best way is to do this is to continue to ‘hold the line’ regarding the state budget.”

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, Tyler-Longview 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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