Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 33
Now more than ever, it is vitally important for elected leaders to protect Texas taxpayers, limit government intrusion, and strengthen our state's business climate. To that end, I am proud to have been named a "Defender of the American Dream" -- the highest recognition bestowed upon a state legislator by Americans for Prosperity (AFP).
In their recently-released 2009 Legislative Report Card, AFP noted, "The test was simple - are you for the taxpayers or the tax spenders?" My grade of an "A" is a result of my stance on key House votes, including my efforts to cut budget spending and protect $9 billion in our state's Rainy Day Fund. It reflects my support of several pieces of legislation that revise our property tax system and increase transparency to protect taxpayers. I also favored bills to strengthen our public school accountability system, raise the franchise tax small business exemption threshold, and limit the public taking of private property.
I was recognized for standing up for our state's rights by supporting HCR 50 to affirm that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government. Similarly, I voted against legislation that would have expanded our existing Unemployment Insurance Program through the acceptance of federal stimulus funds and would have obligated Texas taxpayers to pay for this expansion into the future. I agree with AFP's assessment that "we should 'stay the course' and tell Washington 'Don't Mess with Texas' taxes or Texas taxpayers!"
I was also granted "extra credit" by AFP for authoring legislation to require voters to provide photo identification before casting a ballot.
This recognition by Americans for Prosperity serves as further testimony that I am working to protect the hard-earned dollars of the citizens of House District 25, while ensuring that Texas remains a business-friendly and prosperous place to work and live.