Texas House Holds the Line

April 4, 2011

Pajamas Media

Bryan Preston

Facing a large budget shortfall, Texas Republicans came into the 82nd legislative session with total control and facing a few options. They could raise taxes and fees hope to overcome the shortfall that way, while also breaking their promises to Texas voters and risking more damage to an already weak economy. They could cut spending, knowing that the media and the left’s establishment will flame them. They could dip into the state’s rainy day fund, which is intended to be saved and only used in times of genuine crisis. Or they could implement some combination of all three.

The Texas House of Representatives passed its version of the budget late Sunday, after a very long session. And according to spending watchdog Empower Texans, it’s mostly good news.