Submitted by Jeff Leach, State Representative
Today, the House will engage in substantive debate on Senate Bill 1, the General Appropriations Bill, which addresses the 2014-2015 biennium budget. As you know, the core duty of the Texas Legislature is to pass a balanced state budget, and I consider it one of my greatest responsibilities to play a key part in this debate. As your State Representative, my goal is to serve as an advocate for you and other hardworking taxpayers, starting with aggressively reining in wasteful government spending, promoting transparency and putting a stop to excessive government growth.
I have pre-filed several amendments to Senate Bill 1, all of which root out government programs that I believe to be unnecessary and wasteful functions of government. For instance, I proposed cutting a government program that works to boost film and music production in Texas by creating state-funded grants to movie producers. While I support the concept of drawing business to Texas, I believe we have other core duties – such as education, water and transportation infrastructure and criminal justice – that should take precedence. This also includes providing tax relief and paying down our growing debt.
We must remain vigilant in our efforts to eliminate government waste and get back to the basics of core government services that Texans want, need and deserve. Other states are getting the message – Texas’s economic model works – and I will work tirelessly to ensure that here in Texas we strive to preserve and protect our fundamental principles of limited government and free enterprise.
Learn more about my proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1, and please do not hesitate to contact my office directly with any questions at District67.Leach@house.state.tx.us or 512-463-0544.