SENATOR VAN TAYLOR FILES ONE, FIVE, TEN PERCENT CUT ACT
AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor today filed S.B. 135, the One, Five, Ten Percent Cut Act, which requires each state agency submit a report that identifies ways to cut their respective budgets by 1%, 5%, and 10% for each fiscal biennium.
"If a family or small business needs to adjust their spending they would carefully go through their budget and make priority decisions," stated Taylor. "Spending on vacations or new flat screen televisions would be stopped so that critical needs are fully funded. The 'One, Five, Ten Percent Cut Act' applies that same approach to state government, while forcing government bureaucracies to clearly state, in writing, ways they can most efficiently cut their budgets."
The One, Five, Ten Percent Cut Act simply states that each state agency submit a detailed report every two years that identifies measures the agency can reduce biennial expenditures by 1%, 5%, and 10%. This would compel every state agency to look closely at their budget for areas in which they can be more efficient, while prioritizing recommended cuts to ensure the least impact on populations served and the elimination or redundancies. This also ensures that when spending cuts are needed they are made in a strategic way with thoughtful input from the affected agency.
The One, Five, Ten Percent Cut Act is modeled after a similar successful program implemented by New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of both the Nominations Committee and the Sunset Advisory Commission. He is also as a member of the Education, Health and Human Services, and Transportation Committees as well as the interim Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.
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