State Rep. John Otto of Dayton has it right: “Everything we do in Texas with regard to public policy starts and stops with the budget.” Too few people in or out of the Legislature understand that, which is why its good to know Otto has been tapped to find ways to limit the growth of government.

Mr. Otto told his local paper that he has been asked to serve on an Approproations subcommittee that will “examine alternative spending limit methodologies found among the various states as they impact state and local spending and recommend potential changes to the Texas budget process to bring long-term, innovative strategies to control costs of major governmental programs.”

Otto correctly notes that lawmakers must “make certain the growth of government is held in check in a responsible manner.” That’s a welcome change from the attitude we find from far too many lawmakers.

Good luck, Mr. otto!

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."