AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Fiscal Policy director Talmadge Heflin, vice president of research Bill Peacock, and economist Dr. Vance Ginn issued the following statement on Gov. Abbott’s signing of the 2018-19 Texas State Budget.
“With the signing of the 2018-19 Texas state budget into law today, Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature continue the recent trend of controlling the growth of Texas state government,” said Heflin. “The governor vetoed approximately $120 million in funding in the budget, bringing it about $75 million under the Conservative Texas Budget target of $218.5 billion. If the Legislature comes back in 2019 and keeps its supplemental appropriations bill under $2.79 billion, Texas will be in line for experiencing an unprecedented second consecutive Conservative Texas Budget and expanding economic prosperity for all Texans.”
To schedule an interview with Mr. Heflin, Mr. Peacock, or Dr. Ginn, please contact Alicia Pierce at [email protected] or 512-472-2700.
The Honorable Talmadge Heflin is director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin. In the 78th Session, Heflin served as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations and navigated a $10 billion state budget shortfall through targeted spending cuts that allowed Texans to avoid a tax increase.
Bill Peacock is vice president of research and director of the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is an economist in the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas. The Texas Public Policy Foundation aims to advance a societal framework that effectively fosters human flourishing based upon cooperation and mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and speech.