Press Release from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2011
Contact: Sam Carlson

Estes Comments on Senate's Passage of Budget

Austin — State Senator Craig Estes (R - Wichita Falls) spoke out on the budget that was passed out of the Texas Senate today.

"The budget that we, as Republicans, supported is a reinforcement of our assurance to taxpayers and the school children of Texas that we would balance the state budget with no tax increases and focus on a "Priorities First" commitment, " said Estes. "We are spending $11 Billion less than current spending levels, and I opposed any efforts to raise taxes or grow the size of government in a down economy. We spent half a billion dollars more than the current biennium on Public Education with an increase of $1.3 billion for the Foundation School Program to fund classroom and teacher salaries."

Throughout the budget process, the Senate's 19 Republicans remained committed to writing a balanced state budget that did not raise taxes and prioritized public education and other essential state services.

"It was important that we protect the integrity of the State's Rainy Day Fund by keeping reserves available for future emergencies," stated Estes. "Our priorities were not only to protect education and healthcare needs of Texans, but to examine ways to increase funding for public safety and our state's border security."

The budget will now go to Conference Committee, the members of which have not yet been determined.

Senator Estes represents Senate District 30 covering Archer, Baylor, Clay, Collin (part), Cooke, Denton (part), Grayson, Jack, Montague, Parker, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young counties.