Texas House Speaker: State Needs More Than Tax Cuts To Thrive

AUSTIN (January 28, 2013)--Texas needs more than tax cuts in order to thrive; investments in education, infrastructure and water sources are also needed, House Speaker Joe Straus said Monday.

The San Antonio Republican told the Texas Association of Broadcasters Monday that with a rapidly growing population, the state must provide for new residents.

Straus promised to provide for the growing number of students in public schools,, but said any major changes to school finance would wait until a court ruling in the lawsuit brought by school districts.

He said making sure Texas had quality schools, good roads, and clean water were the basic responsibilities of government and bipartisan issues.

He said after cutting government programs by $27 billion in 2011, a better economic picture will allow for more spending.

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