Austin – Last week State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) cast a vote to cut all State Representatives’ office operating budgets immediately by 10% and 14% effective in June of 2011. King’s vote helped HR 3, the Housekeeping Resolution for the House of Representatives pass. The vote came in light of the Texas Comptroller’s announcement last week that the state would face an estimated $27 Billion budget shortfall for the 2012-2013 biennium.
“The Governor and the legislature have asked all state agencies to find areas where they can cut the fat out of their budgets to help meet the shortfall,” King stated, “It would be utter hypocrisy for us to ask other agencies to cut their budgets and not do the same for ourselves. We must all work together and do our part to help slash the budget in order to meet the shortfall and not raise taxes.”