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

For Immediate Release
January 29, 2013
Contact: Liz White

Senator Craig Estes files "Truth in Budgeting" constitutional amendment
"Resolution would constitutionally prohibit practice of diverting fees to balance the budget"

Austin — State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) today filed Senate Joint Resolution 23 to make the diversion of dedicated taxes and fees unconstitutional. The resolution constitutionally prohibits using dedicated fees and taxes for a non-dedicated purpose or to certify the budget. Earlier today, Governor Perry called on the Legislature to put an end to this budgetary practice in his State of the State Address.

The practice of diverting fees and taxes has been used every legislative session since 1995. In 2011, the Legislature used $4.949 billion in dedicated fees and taxes to certify the budget.

"I agree wholeheartedly with Governor Perry's call to end the practice of using dedicated funds and specific fees for purposes for which they are not intended," said Estes. "The practice of diverting fees is troubling, and our budget surplus affords us the perfect opportunity to end this budgetary practice."

Senator Estes has also filed Senate Joint Resolution 17 to stop the diversion of the sporting goods sales tax.

Estes serves nearly 820,000 constituents across Senate District 30 which includes all of Archer, Clay, Cooke, Erath, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Wichita, Wise, and Young counties and parts of Collin and Denton counties.