From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser
For Immediate Release
January 27, 1999
Contact: William A. Scott - (512) 463-0124
FRASER STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR GEORGE W. BUSH'S STATE OF THE STATE
State Senator Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, today issued the following statement regarding Texas Governor George W. Bush's State of the State Address:
I thought the Governor's address and the spending priorities he is calling for in his budget are right on target. Education improvements and property tax relief are important issues to Senate District 24, and that's where the focus should be.
Increased pay for teachers, reduced class sizes and emphasis on bringing reading levels up are solid proposals, and I look forward to the opportunity vote on them as they work their way through the Senate.
The Governor's call for a $2 billion cut in property taxes -- or an average of 13 cents per $100 assessed value -- marks the second time in two years that we'll have an opportunity to return some of the state's surplus funds to the taxpayers, and I'm supportive of that initiative as well.
I'm also heartened by the fact that he is supportive of our efforts to resolve the Y2K problem and realizes that focus needs to be on addressing potential computer failures before they occur to limit the number frivolous lawsuits that could occur as a result.
Finally, I'm appreciative of the Governor's support for my bill to eliminate the business income tax on small companies, because they represent the backbone of the Texas economy and our best opportunity for growth in coming years.