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January 9, 2013

Estes, King have bills in hopper as session opens

Texas’ 83rd Legislature begins by re-electing Straus speaker

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The governor outlined priorities for the session, which include “ensuring Texas’ infrastructure continues to support our growing population and economic demands, an accountable education system that produces a skilled workforce and conservative budget priorities” outlined in the Texas Budget Compact:

• Practice truth in budgeting.

• Support a Constitutional limit of spending to the growth of population and inflation.

• Oppose any new taxes or tax increases, and make the small business tax exemption permanent.

• Preserve a strong Rainy Day Fund.

• Cut unnecessary and duplicative government programs and agencies.

Democrats were able to snag the handful of seats needed in November to break up the GOP supermajority in the House, but the pink hues of the state Capitol remain dominated by the underlying red-state nature of the politics inside the building.

Republicans still rule Texas, and the leadership intends to push the state even further to the right.

Dewhurst has said he wants Texas to be “the most fiscally and socially conservative state in the country.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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