King Files Bills to Cut Costs

Phil King

AUSTIN – Today State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) filed three bills to consolidate four state governmental agencies in an effort to preserve money that can be better used in the classrooms of public schools and for other essential services provided by the state. HB 2664 will abolish the Texas Facilities Commission and provide an estimated savings of $4.2 million; HB 2665 will consolidate the Board of Plumbing Examiners and the Texas Funeral Commission into the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and provide an estimated savings of $1 million; and HB 2879 will suspend the Texas Historical Commission and provide an estimated savings of $4.6 million.

“This legislation is a creative way to reduce the state budget by directing other agencies to take on the key functions of the agencies we’ve targeted,” King explained, “With the projected shortfall Texas is facing in the next biennium it is critical that we think outside of the box on how to save money and redirect it to the areas of our budget that are a real priority such as our classrooms, our teachers, and our elderly.”

The estimated cost savings from these bills comes from the elimination or suspension of the administration of each agency.

3 responses

  1. Rep. King,
    This insane idea of cutting entirely the THC is like cutting your nose off to spite your face!! Do you not realize the economic benefits to rural communities that are the result of the work the THC??? Learn from what happened to Colorado!!!!!!!!!

    Remember $1= $6!!!!!!

    Resend this bill before you are responsible for further impacts to heritage dollars in Wise County!
    Bonnie M. McKee

    1. Bonnie, I don’t like the idea of suspending funding for the Historic Commission either. The core functions of the Historic Commission will continue, just transferred to other agencies.
      However, bottom line, we must cut 27 billion by some estimates out of what is essentially about 90 billion dollars. We are looking first for every thing we can reduce that is not a core government function.
      . The state cannot print nor borrow money like Washington, and raising taxes will hurt families and small business. We are still in the worst economy in 75 years and it will affect all areas of government service for a few years.
      Thank you for your comments. It gives me a chance to talk about this with you. By the way, I was the joint author of the original Courthouse preservation bill that has funded tens of millions in historic renovation. I strongly support historic endeavors. We just need to hold back funding for now.

      Thx, Rep. Phil King

  2. Help us out here Bonnie!

    Does the ’THC’ you’re talking about represent the Texas Historical Commission (THC) or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?

    Sounds as if you sampled some THC before you chastised Representative King.

    Incidentally, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive substance found in the cannabis plant.

    Would you please explain the difference between ‘heritage dollars’ and ‘tax dollars’?

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