When the government gets more tax revenue than the budget needs, they just find other things to spend it on.
Not Texas Governor Rick Perry!
Governor Perry has proposed amending the State Constitution to allow the State to give excess tax revenue back to the people of Texas.
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from Fox News:
AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Rick Perry will
use his State of the State address to call for amending the Texas
Constitution to allow the state to return tax money it collects but
doesn't spend back to its citizens, according to an excerpt of the
speech released to The Associated Press.
Perry, who is scheduled to deliver the speech Tuesday morning to a
joint session of the Legislature, will tell lawmakers that he has "never
bought into the notion that if you collect more, you need to spend
"Today, I'm calling for a mechanism to be put in place so when we do
bring in more than we need, we'll have the option of returning tax money
directly to the people who paid it," the governor plans to say.
"Currently, that's not something our constitution allows. We need to fix
The Republican has for weeks called on the Legislature to cut taxes
and continue to hold down government spending -- even though Texas'
economy is booming. He'll also use the speech to give a specific dollar
amount he'd like to see in tax reductions.
Proposing a constitutional amendment requires two-thirds support of
both the Texas House and Senate, and it then must be approved by a
majority of voters. Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature
but would need Democrats to get two-thirds support -- something that
seems highly unlikely.
While he has made cutting taxes his chief mantra since lawmakers
headed back into session on Jan. 8, calls to limit government spending
are nothing new for Perry. Last April, he unveiled a "budget compact"
that proposed a constitutional amendment limiting state spending
increases to only enough to cover the cost of population growth and
inflation. That issue hasn't yet been taken up the Legislature.