Target: The Texas Legislative Council
Goal: Encourage the Texas Legislative Council to meet yearly instead of every two years
Texas is one of only four states where legislatures meet every other year. This idea was adopted 137 years ago in an attempt to limit big government. While meeting only on odd numbered years was effective at the time, it has become outdated due to turbulent economic times and Texas’ quickly expanding population. Encourage the Texas Legislature to meet every year instead of biyearly.
A bill filed by Richard Pena Raymond would require Texas legislators to meet in regular session on odd numbered years and hold a budget session in even-numbered years. The bill is intended to meet the needs of a rapidly changing economy. As the current system stands, the legislature is required to estimate the budget needs of the state 30 months out. This is very difficult to do, especially in quickly changing economic times.
Holding budget meetings every two years is an outdated idea that has long been abandoned by the business sector and by most of the states. Texas has a budget deficit of nearly 27 billion dollars for the 2012-2013 year. Soon they will be creating a new budget for 2014-2015. By meeting yearly to discuss the budget, Texas would be able to make adjustments when part of the budget is not working as intended. The director of state fiscal projects at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said that the 2014-2015 could easily be the most challenging budget year on record for states. Sign the petition below and ask the Texas Legislature to meet yearly.
Dear Texas Legislative Council,
Texas is one of only four states where the legislature meets biyearly instead of on a yearly basis. The decision to meet biyearly was decided 137 years ago when the state of Texas had a population of only one million people. Since then, the population has grown to over 26 million people.
The director of state fiscal projects at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said that the 2014-2015 could easily be the most challenging budget year on record for states. Texas has a current deficit of 27 billion dollars. In light of this deficit, it is important to alter polices in order to keep a closer eye on the budget. I urge you to pass the bill requiring the Texas Legislative Council to meet yearly.
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