By Ken Paxton
This past Tuesday, Jan. 11, marked the first day of the 82nd Legislative Session. The Legislature has a number of high priority issues to address this session, such as redistricting and passing a balanced budget with a multi-billion dollar projected budget shortfall.
Additionally, Governor Perry added two emergency items to the list for the 82nd Legislative Session: 1) Protecting the private property rights of Texans / addressing eminent domain issues; and 2) abolishing sanctuary cities in Texas. Additionally, he reiterated his commitment to balancing our State’s budget without raising taxes by prioritizing and cutting government spending.
Including eminent domain issues and the ban of sanctuary cities on the list of emergency items allows members of the Legislature to consider these issues during the initial 30 days of the legislative session.
Balancing the budget while strengthening Texas’ job-friendly climate (maintaining low taxes, implementing predictable regulations, providing a fair legal system and offering a world-class workforce) is a priority I share with the Governor and is vital to the future of our State.
In order to ensure state agencies continue to use taxpayer dollars prudently, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House have already directed state agencies to identify savings of five percent in the 2010 – 2011 biennium, an additional 2.5 percent for the 2011 fiscal year, and 10 percent for the 2012 – 2013 biennium.
I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature and the Governor on these important issues this legislative session.
Attorney Ken Paxton represents McKinney and Collin County in the state legislature.
By Ken Paxton