Pledge with Texans

The Pledge with Texans

Conservatives Kept their Word in the 82nd Legislature

 

Prior to the start of the regular session, 79 state legislators, along with Governor Rick Perry and Comptroller Susan Combs, signed the “Pledge with Texans,” developed by TCC in 2009 and 2010 with significant input from Texans across the state.  Click to read the names of the signatories.

 

The five planks of the Pledge obligated signers to advance, support and vote for legislation to (1) balance the budget without raising taxes; (2) limit federal intrusion; (3) improve election integrity; (4) cut taxes and encourage the free market; and (5) secure the Texas border.

 

Significant accomplishments were made on all five of the Pledge with Texans planks. Conservative state legislators exhibited a remarkable dedication to their principles as they adhered to and advanced conservative positions and values last session.  In casting their votes on these crucial issues, they reinforced principled governance in Texas and laid the foundation for future conservative victories.

 

For a review of the Pledge with Texans accomplishments and other conservative victories of the 82nd Texas Legislature, read this report issued by TCC.

 

 

 

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By signing to the Pledge with Texans, legislators promise to support the following:  
   

Balance the Budget without Raising Taxes - I pledge to advance, support, and vote for legislation that balances the state budget without raising taxes. I pledge to advance, support, and vote for legislation that creates a stricter spending limit in the Texas Constitution to slow the growth of the state budget.

 

Limit Federal Intrusion - I pledge to advance, support, and vote for legislation that reasserts the limited role of the federal government and those rights guaranteed to Texas under the United States Constitution as codified in the Tenth Amendment. I pledge to reject new federal funds with strings attached as an enticement to create new programs. I pledge to advance, support, and vote for health care freedom legislation that guarantees the right of Texans to make their own health care choices. I pledge to support a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would apply in the absence of a national emergency.

 

Improve Election Integrity - I pledge to advance, support, and vote for legislation that requires a secure, government-issued photo identification to be presented before voting. I pledge to advance, support, and vote for legislation that improves the security of mail-in ballots.

 

Cut Taxes - I pledge to advance, support, and vote for legislation to increase personal freedom and encourage the free market by lowering taxes. I pledge to advance, support, and vote for legislation that reforms and reduces property taxes and property tax appraisals. I pledge to advance, support, and vote for legislation that cuts business tax rates, lowers businesses' tax burden, increases competition in all areas of the economy, and encourages private sector job growth.

 

Secure the Texas Border - I pledge to advance, support, and vote for legislation that lawfully protects Texas and Texans from the fiscal and social costs of illegal immigration.

 

Every item in the Pledge is rooted in the TCC principles of limited government, free enterprise, individual liberty, and traditional values. Legislators, united by these principles, have signed the Pledge and promise to support legislation promoting each of the tenets of the Pledge with Texans.


In the 82nd Texas Legislature, conservatives kept their word.  

 

Legislative Advertising. Brent Connett for
Rep. Geanie Morrison, President, Texas Conservative Coalition.
P.O. Box 2659, Austin TX, 78768 | Phone: 512-474-1798
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