Perry calls for discipline in state spending

January 6, 2010 1:56:50 PM PST
Gov. Rick Perry is taking another swipe at Washington and big government, issuing proposals that would make it difficult for the Legislature to raise taxes and would limit the amount state spending could grow. He proposed constitutional amendments Wednesday that would require a supermajority of the Legislature to raise taxes and to cap the growth of state spending at a level tied to inflation and population growth.

Perry says his proposals would solidify the "state's commitment to fiscal discipline."

He said it's more important than ever to exert fiscal discipline as Washington D.C. is expanding programs that "pile up debt on future generations."

The swipe was a thinly veiled attack on Perry's primary opponent, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who Perry has criticized as being a Washington insider.

Hutchison's campaign criticized Perry for "recycling a budget reform proposal" first made in 2006.


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