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State of the State: Texas in 2011

Harris Kenny
April 5, 2011, 10:33pm

This is the ninth of a ten-part series on the 2011 State of the State (SOTS) speeches in states with the ten worst projected relative budget deficits for FY 2012. Budget data is from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ (CBPP) recent budget report, and SOTS speech text is from Stateline. CBPP’s data on states’ FY 2012 budget deficits as a percentage of their FY 2011 budget is the benchmark for relative budget deficits.

According to CBPP, Texas faces the fourth worst relative budget deficit in FY 2012, amounting to 31.5 percent of the state’s FY 2011 budget; and the third highest absolute budget deficit in FY 2012, equal to nearly $13.5 billion.

On February 8, 2011 Texas Governor Rick Perry delivered his SOTS address (full text available here) where he touts the Lone Star State’s recent robust economic growth by citing several indicators that reflect the health of Texas’s economy.

(Note: Gov. Perry explores several topics, including: immigration, border enforcement, human trafficking, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and abortion; these topics are beyond the scope of this SOTS series and will not be discussed here.)

Below are the policy highlights from Gov. Perry’s SOTS address:

State and local policymakers across the country face significant fiscal challenges in the coming year. Officials in Texas, and elsewhere, need to embrace innovative policies that reduce the cost of public service delivery and maintain (or improve) the quality of public service delivery. Two valuable policy resources are the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) State Budget Reform Toolkit and Reason Foundation’s Annual Privatization Report 2010: State Government Privatization section.

For the previous articles in this SOTS series, see: New Jersey, Louisiana, North Carolina, Wisconsin, California, Illinois, Nevada, Connecticut, Minnesota and Oregon.


Harris Kenny is Policy Analyst


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