Bill should have used the
qualifier "about" instead of "over."
With the exception of the one-time payment in 2000-2001 of
the Tobacco Settlement, line items
of appropriations have risen significantly under Rick Perry. Total state
spending has increased by 79% according to the Texas
Texas law requires a balanced budget. Given the $18
billion budget deficit and the current revenue
projections, Bill will have to make cuts. He is very
good at this and has often discussed his approach to
making cuts and finding efficiencies. He has said he
needs to "get under the hood" and also work with
legislators on specific cuts.