In the state budget, just as in our own family budgets, we must live within our means. We cannot afford to burden future generations with our debt. I believe we must have the right priorities and commit to balancing the budget by cutting spending, reducing debt, and creating economic growth. If we look at new legislation as a state, I believe we must identify how it will be funded. I also think we need to take a hard look at inefficiencies in state government and go after waste, bureaucracy, and duplication of services. At the same time, we need to fuel economic growth by helping our existing companies grow, attracting new companies through pro-business policies, and supporting small business growth and entrepreneurship. Fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget are essential to creating a better, stronger, more prosperous state for the next generation.