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Speaker Joe Straus Won’t Cap Spending ~ Do you Trust Moderates?

Date posted: December 19, 2012

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Please take a look at this important issue facing Texas. 

From Michael Quinn Sullivan at Empower Texans…. Be Sure and click over and read about more important issues that Texans must prepare for the start of the legislative session – just 20 days from now!

Spending Limits

Legislation filed in advance of the 2013 session would strictly limit spending to the sum of population growth and inflation. Voters and taxpayers across the political spectrum have long supported this stronger limit on government.

Current law lets legislators set their own limit, and predictably they go with a non-limit: the projected growth in personal income. Just last month the Legislative Budget Board adopted the spending limit for the new budget — again exceeding the sum of population and inflation.

State Rep. Phil King of Weatherford, one of our Taxpayer Champions from 2011, has proposed legislation to fix that. He says that “it is very important that we implement a conservative spending cap to ensure that even in the good times, Texas does not become irresponsible with its taxpayers’ dollars.” 
 
Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are on record supporting a stronger state spending limit; Speaker Joe Straus is not. 

 

To reinforce the message that electing a significant margin of conservative House representatives signals voter expectations of conservative House leadership, WomenOnTheWall.org has released Texas Speaker Showdown II – WE’RE BACK! video follow-up to the 2010 Speaker Showdown theme. “Conservative House Speaker Or Your Seat.”

If you are ready to take a stand call your State Representative today  Here is a list of them. Tell them to vote for the most Conservative Candidate in the Race for Speaker; David Simpson and then join us in Austin Jan. 7th and 8th.

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Are Todd Hunter’s Priorities the same as yours?

Date posted: December 5, 2011

Once again a great article from AgendaWise.com 

In a videotaped interview at the University of Texas at Austin, State Representative Todd Hunter revealed some backward priorities.

In minute seven Hunter called the committee he chaired, Calendars, the “gatekeeper of legislation.” According to Todd Hunter, Todd Hunter decided what got voted on in the session.

In minute 43 Hunter said that time ran out on spending limits. Evidently the “gatekeeper” prioritized spending limits in such a way that it missed the cut.

Spending limits is an issue that is so popular that it is both a legislative priority in the Republican platform and has passed ballot initiatives in Republican primaries three times in a row to the tune of 90%.

In the 82nd legislature Hunter made time to vote on and pass: a bill allowing for helicopter hog hunting, a bill legalizing noodling, and a bill outlawing puppy mills. He allowed the State House to listen to all of these, but somehow managed to leave out spending limits.

In finishing his dodge answer on the spending limits question, Hunter tried to sandbag spending limits going forward by saying that if they aren’t in the interim charges they will be hard to implement.  He told the questioner to check the interim charges when they come out. In Hunters logic, that’ll tell us if they can be done the next session.

Well, when this taped Q&A  at UT Austin happened the interim charges had already been out for almost three weeks. The interim charges don’t include spending limits. Hunter tried to introduce a phony condition for spending limits (being on the interim charges) that he already knew wasn’t going to be fulfilled.

Lucky for Texans, interim charges are just a way for leadership to try, in advance, to frame out of the picture issues it wants to block from a hearing, but interim charges aren’t very effective at actually doing that. Items not in the interim charges are taken up with regularity.

Sizing up legislators on a 90% Republican issue, and one of huge importance, is very useful right now.

–Todd Hunter interview 

 

Weston Hicks

Weston Hicks researches and writes about associations in the Texas political realm, media choices, and political strategy. Over the past year he has advised on grassroots and voter initiatives. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. from University of Texas School of Law. He enjoys spending time with wife and three children, reading theology and political theory, and watching FC Barcelona. You can reach him at whicks@agendawise.com

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