I will fight to ensure that our state budget remains balanced with no new taxes. Since 2009, Texas has produced over 40% of the jobs for the entire nation. A major reason for this unprecedented economic growth is because of our state's limited government, predictable regulatory environment, and no state income tax. We must protect those economic drivers that have encouraged employers to relocate to our state, creating thousands of jobs.
But even though Texas is doing better than every other state, Texans are still hurting in this depressed national economy. We must ensure that Texas continues to live within its means, just like Texas families and businesses are forced to do when times are tough. That means no new taxes and instead a more efficient government that focuses on our priorities of public safety and a quality education for our children. Our goal should be to enhance revenue for the state by creating jobs and not asking our citizens to shoulder an additional tax burden.