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Agenda Texas: Discussing Budget Priorities

On the latest Agenda Texas, from KUT News and the Tribune: State Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, who spent much of the session pushing for tighter budget constraints and tax cuts, discusses his budget philosophy this session.

State Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, talks with a member on the House floor on May 16, 2011.

 

Texas lawmakers cut $15 billion from the state budget in 2011. This session, they had an $8 billion surplus to work with, along with billions more in expected revenue over the next two years.

Lawmakers didn't agree on whether to quickly restore the 2011 cuts or on investments in state infrastructure like roads and water. Tea Party Republicans, like state Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, spent much of the session pushing for tighter budget constraints and tax cuts. He discussed his budget philosophy this session with Agenda Texas.

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