David Guenthner From Texas Public Policy Says Sequestration Is Not A Cut, Just A “Reduction” [AUDIO]
On the Tuesday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, David Guenthner from the Texas Public Policy Foundation talked with Chad Hasty about the latest coming out of the Texas legislative session.
Sequestration continues to be a hot button issue, even in the Texas state legislature. However, Guenthner says that the effect on Texas would be minimal at best. Guenthner added that this sequestration would probably not cause the government to stop their wasteful spending and that the sequestration is more a "reduction" in spending than it is an actual cut in spending.
"It's a reduction in the rate of growth. It's not even cuts in spending compared to what was being spent last year. The federal government will still spend after the sequester more money than it did last year. And even...the $85 billion, that would have been a full year of sequester amount. But by the time you get this stuff implemented, the thing for the current fiscal year is going to be maybe half that."
Education also continues to be a big topic in the legislature. Several bills dealing with school choice and accountability are making their way through the House and Senate. And even though there had not been much talk about school vouchers recently, Guenthner says it's too early to say that movement is "fizzling out." Guenthner also discussed the possibility of a gas tax.
Throughout the Texas legislative session, you can listen to David Guenthner Tuesdays at 9:05 during The Chad Hasty Show on NewsTalk 790 KFYO. For more information on the Texas Public Policy Foundation, visit their website at texaspolicy.com.