Matt Beebe Joins GOV. Perry In Call For Budget Discipline

April 17, 2012 12:05 pm 0 comments

(San Antonio) Today Matt Beebe announced his support for Governor Perry’s Texas Budget Compact, which will lead to a stronger Texas.

Matt Beebe commented on the compact saying, “Throughout this campaign I have been a vocal advocate for responsibly reducing the size of Texas government, as evidenced by my signing of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and recent endorsement from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.  I’m excited to see Governor Perry encouraging legislators to get serious about budget discipline, and by moving this initiative from concept to challenge during the primary season his leadership will help conservatives win in May.”

Arguably the most significant aspect of this initiative is the Governor’s exhortation to practice truth in budgeting.  Joe Straus has said “The budget is in balance… we can disagree and quibble over bits and pieces of it… There were some decisions that were made to preserve the rainy day fund, to underfund Medicaid by more than we

have in the past, by delaying a payment into the school fund which saved $2.3B dollars from being spent currently.  It’s still owed.  But it’s on the books…  We’ll be able to correct some of these mechanisms that were available to us and have been routinely used in Texas …  I’m proud of the overall  picture in terms of our budget.”*

Beebe responded, “It is double-speak like this and the business as usual ‘Enron-Accounting’ that Texans have grown tired of.  It is time we insisted upon an honest dialog from our elected officials in Austin.  I’m excited to continue working with Governor Perry and other conservatives leaders in the next session, and I will continue driving an honest dialog about our pending budget crisis as I campaign in House District 121.”

* San Antonio Express-News Editorial Board Meeting, April 3, 2012 starting @22:02 in video recording (@36:40 in complete audio recording).

Matt Beebe resides in San Antonio with his wife and two children. You can learn more about his candidacy at his website VoteBeebe.com.

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