The Texas House and Senate today passed the 2012-2013 budget. It is a tangible demonstration that a majority of legislators heard the message voters were sending in November, and have continued to send all session.

Texans expected a budget that reasonably lives within the people’s means, didn’t raise taxes, or raid the rainy day fund. Legislators today delivered on that promise, passing a budget that will serve the long-term interests of Texas and protect our state’s growing economy.

One can always find areas upon which a budget can and should be improved, but tonight legislators did the right thing by working with sound fiscal principles on behalf of the people of Texas.

This new budget spends $15.1 billion less than the previous biennium’s budget. The House approved it 97 to 53, the Senate 20 to 11.

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."