The Real Texas Budget: Why Texas Needs to Ratchet Down Spending Growth

Total Texas government spending for 2016-17 is estimated to be $209.1 billion, a 68.5 percent increase since 2004-05. In this article, research shows that Texas government spending has increased faster than the increase in population growth plus inflation since 2004, at a cost to taxpayers of $22.1 billion during this two-year budget cycle. The Real Texas Budget demonstrates the need for increased transparency in the Texas budget to help taxpayers control the growth of state spending. Legislators should pass a Conservative Texas Budget in 2017 holding increases in appropriations of all funds and all state funds to less than population growth plus inflation from current levels.

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