Texas has done better economically and fiscally than moststates for decades. However, an area needing improvement is consistently controlling the state’s budget growth. Because government spending ultimately drives taxation, especially when Texas must balance its budget, limiting budget increases is essential for a competitive economy that supports prosperity.

The 2018-19 initially appropriated amount of about $217 billion is up 75% since the 2004-05 budget. Comparatively, the key metric of population growth plus inflation compounded over time is up an estimated 63% during this period. Adjusting the total budget for this key metric shows that total budget growth is up 7.3% above the pace of population growth plus inflation since the 2004-05 budget. This excessive increase has burdened Texans with higher taxes and fees to sustain elevated spending levels and slowed economic growth.