We’ve watched in stunned disbelief as Washington politicians have run the Federal debt to near historic levels. Compared to Washington politicians, Texas has demonstrated great restraint in government spending, but the fact remains we can do more. Our property tax rates are too high and rise too fast, while our sales tax rates are some of the highest in the country. We must make tough choices and find ways to minimize the tax burden on Texans. That means keeping our needs separate from our wants — funding those critical things which are necessary and proper for the government — while encouraging innovative ways to provide non-essential services. In the process, Texas can be a beacon of responsible government that the entire country can follow.