They are just plain wrong. While they are entitled to their own opinion, they are not entitled to their own set of facts.
According to the non-partisan Legislative Budget Board, the “All Funds” appropriation (Texas dollars + federal dollars) for this budget is a modest 3.7 percent larger than the last budget. Additionally, when adjusted for inflation, population growth and local property tax relief, the Texas budget is actually 11.7 percent smaller than it was 10 years ago. The $106 billion is an inflated number – its fuzzy math that counts nearly $12.5 billion worth of spending that it shouldn’t. They count supplemental funding to pay for Medicaid, wildfires and public school expenses from the last budget, tax and fee cuts, and reductions in fee diversions to promote budget transparency. They also count $650 million that we didn’t even spend!
We wrote a conservative budget that addresses the state’s priorities in education, veterans’ services, Medicaid fraud reduction and mental health services. Taxpayers and families are better served if people with serious mental health issues can seek proper treatment before they end up in our criminal justice system or worse. Clearly, those who claim Texas spending is way up are being selective in the numbers they use.
Most conservative Texans understand this and support the new budget, like the Texas Association of Business and Governor Rick Perry. We live in a great and growing state and we have passed a state budget that is conservative, thoughtful, and frugal. I am proud to serve all of you in Senate District 30 and God bless Texas!
Estes serves nearly 820,000 constituents across Senate District 30 which includes all of Archer, Clay, Cooke, Erath, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Wichita, Wise, and Young counties and parts of Collin and Denton counties.