Insider's Report Vol. 8, No. 13
As the Texas Legislature wraps up a session of significant budget challenges and immense fiscal pressures, I had the great honor of being recognized as a "Taxpayer Champion" by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans. In November 2010, Texas voters sent a strong message of limited government and less taxation to their elected leaders. I have answered this call and, as a result of my strong fiscal conservatism, received the highest honor bestowed upon Texas legislators by this organization -- a reflection of my continued dedication to representing your voice at our State Capitol.
In accordance with their mission statement, "Empower Texans exists to create and sustain a system of strong fiscal stewardship within all levels of Texas government, ensuring the greatest amounts of economic and personal liberty, and promoting public policies that provide individuals with the freedom to use their strengths and talents in pursuit of greater opportunities."
Empower Texans scored more than 40 votes during the 2011 regular and special sessions. Out of 181 Texas legislators, I was one of only 31 members who received the highest designation of "Taxpayer Champion." While the House average score was 63.2, my efforts to limit government and fight taxes resulted in a grade of "A." My superior score also exceeded the House Republican average of 82.5.
My score reflects my support of efforts to reject ObamaCare, my protection of private property rights, my desire to make our state's budget more transparent, and my strong opposition of proposals to raise taxes in Texas. My votes to protect Texas taxpayers included the passage of the strongest Voter ID bill in the nation and the enactment of much-needed accountability reforms within the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. I worked to fight off proposals that directed the hard-earned tax dollars of Texans towards frivolous incentives and exploited entitlement programs, while instead cutting out waste and protecting our state's limited funds for our schools and our most vulnerable citizens.
To view legislator scores and a comprehensive list of votes included on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index, please click here.