The president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility said Gov. Rick Perry correctly wielded his pen this legislative session on the state budget. The governor used his line-item veto authority to cut $288.9 million from the budget, of which $97.2 million came from general revenue spending.

“Gov. Perry has shown consistent leadership this legislative session on fiscal policy issues, putting sound economic thinking and the long-term interests of Texans first,” said Michael Quinn Sullivan.

“For only the second time in a century, lawmakers actually reduced spending. Legislators did the necessary and prudent work of holding the line on government growth at a time when Texas families are doing likewise. Gov. Perry used his line-item veto correctly to fine-tune the spending priorities. The final product is a budget that lives within Texas’ means.”

Sullivan also commented on the veto of House Bill 130, as reported by Texas Weekly.

“The Legislature erred in creating yet another expensive, pre-kindergarten program. Gov. Perry was right to veto this legislation, which would have been costly today, more costly tomorrow, and duplicative of efforts already available.”

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility is an advocacy group working with more than 50,000 Texans. The organization exists to create and sustain a system of strong fiscal stewardship within all levels of Texas government, ensuring the greatest amounts of economic and personal liberty, and promoting public policies that provide individuals with the freedom to use their strengths and talents in pursuit of greater opportunities.

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