“We love Texas-her independence, her strength, and the way of life possible in the Lone Star State, but the political ruling class that US Senator Ted Cruz fights in Washington, D.C. is alive and well in Austin. Political establishment elites in both parties, united with “Big Business” interests, threaten the independence and strength of Texas. The bottom line-Texas state government spends too much, borrows too much and depends far too much on the federal government to balance the state budget. The 2012 and 2014 Republican Primary results clearly demonstrate that once conservative Texas voters understand these facts, they act at the ballot box. The spineless get fired.
Session-to-session spending increased 26% during the 83rd legislative session. So flagrant was this spending spree that economist Stephen Moore entitled his June 7, 2013, Wall Street Journal editorial “Texas Goes Sacramento.” The 2013 spending binge is not an aberration, but a sharp uptick in a dangerous pattern. Texas state spending rose 310% between 1990 and 2012, while population growth plus inflation totaled only 132%. In his successful 2012 US Senate race, Ted Cruz rightly pointed out this pattern of overspending in his race against Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.
According to Legislative Budget Board documents, at the beginning of the 83rd legislative session, our state debt had climbed to $40.99 billion, an increase of 125% over the last ten years. An April 24, 2012, Associated Press account (citing federal data) stated Texas leads the nation in road debt.”
Joann Fleming has it exactly right. Read more here.