AUSTIN – Today, Talmadge Heflin, director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation will testify before the Texas Senate Finance Committee on dedicated fee structures.
 
“General revenue-dedicated accounts have long been used to certify the budget,” said Heflin. “While this is a dated practice that has been pared back since the 2012-13 budget period, the practice continues in the current 2018-19 budget. Fortunately, there has been continued discussion among legislators to limit the practice of using dedicated account dollars to certify the budget. This deceptive budgeting practice keeps government spending at artificially elevated levels, hiding the true cost of government from taxpayers.”
 
WHO: Talmadge Heflin, director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
 
WHEN: hearing starts at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 30
 
WHERE: Texas Capitol E1.036 (Finance Room)
 
For more information or to request an interview, please contact Alicia Pierce atapierce@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.
 
The Honorable Talmadge Heflin is the Director of the Foundation’s Center for Fiscal Policy. In the 78th Session, Heflin served as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations where he navigated a $10 billion state budget shortfall through targeted spending cuts that allowed Texans to avoid a tax increase. 
 
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit free-market research institute based in Austin. 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.
 
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