AUSTIN--- Speaker Joe Straus (San Antonio) today issued the following statement:
"Jobs are created when government is efficient and responsible and allows the private sector to flourish."
"I question the validity of the assumption that requiring government to live within its means will lead to a downturn in the economy – in fact, the opposite is true. The best way to jump-start growth is for the Legislature to keep taxes low and regulations reasonable to provide the opportunity for business to grow and thrive in Texas."
"Cutting spending to make government live within its means is the fiscally responsible course of action and one that will keep Texas on track for job growth over the long-term."