Texas has long-prided itself on being a low tax-and-spend state; but a new write-up from the Tax Foundation suggests that the Lone Star State’s spending habits may not be as minimalist as some might like to believe. 

According to the Foundation’s Monday Map, from 2001 to 2011, real per capita direct state spending in Texas grew by 32.9 percent after being adjusted for inflation. Direct state spending refers to all spending, except for aid provided to local governments. Spending growth of this magnitude means that Texas had the 15th highest rate of growth in the nation, just behind New York.

If anything, the Tax Foundation’s latest analysis lends further proof to the idea that Texas’ tax and expenditure limit is inadequate and in need of serious reform to better check the growth of government.[[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_original”,”fid”:”11796″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”384″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”425″}}]]

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