It’s early, and the details aren’t clear, but the new state budget has only a 1-percent growth rate. Of course, that’s the starting point. Over the next three months the budget will change, and change a lot. But it’s encouraging to see that at least at the outset, budget writers understand the free-spending ways of the 2005 legislative session are long gone.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."