Perry's New Texas Budget Compact is Evil

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Yesterday in Houston, the greedy cretin at the helm of our state government put forward the “Texas Budget Compact,” a set of no-new-tax guidelines for Texas lawmakers.

In addition to a moratorium on new taxes, the pledge “calls for truth in budgeting, a constitutional limit on spending tied to the growth of population and inflation, using the rainy day fund only for one-time emergency expenditures, and cutting unnecessary and duplicative programs and agencies,” the Houston Chronicle explains.

“Each and every member of the Legislature or anyone aspiring to become a member of the Legislature should sign on,” Perry said.

Essentially, this is a pledge to never let 99% Texans improve their lot in life. It's evil. The moratorium on new taxes is a gift bag for the 1%, who already enjoy disastrously low taxes in our state, and means that the state will continue underfunding education and social programs, thus limiting social mobility. The proposed constitutional limit of spending tied completely to growth is insane: it means that state government will never meet the true needs of Texans, and no matter how large Texas' population gets, the state will not be ready to accomodate them. Doesn't Perry brag about our population growth? Of course, but he plans to give newcomers an ineffective government because his wealthy donors want to run roughshod over the American Dream.

Using the Rainy Day Fund only for one-time “emergency” expenditures means that it will never be used to help shore up the public education crisis. That's because Perry doesn't believe in public education; the poorer and less educated Texans are, the more Perry's 1% constituency believes they will benefit. The final step to cut “unnecessary and duplicative programs” is Republican code for government helping the poor less so that there's more money available to funnel to the rich.

What a crock. Of a plan and of a governor.


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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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