Perry: Let's cut spending before we try to raise revenue

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Houston Chronicle

By; Associated Press

Gov. Rick Perry is taking a dim view of efforts to raise more money for the strapped Texas budget.

Perry said Thursday that lawmakers should focus on cutting programs, not hunting for additional money. The comments come as top legislators are mulling plans to raise as much as $5 billion in so-called “non-tax revenue” to soften the blow of staggering cuts to public education and health care. Among the ideas under consideration are accounting tricks, such as payment deferrals, and state land sales.

Perry told reporters he was not “spending a lot of time looking for new forms of revenue,” and called on legislators to “look at the spending side before we look at any new revenue sides.”

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