Good to know they still exist.
A day after Gov. Rick Perry touted the chance of more tax relief for Texans, the Senate Finance Committee chairman said he doesn't see how the state can afford broad tax cuts without a big increase in federal funds.
"I don't see how we do broad-based tax cuts and pay for it," Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, said Wednesday.
The one exception -- absent a dramatic economic recovery -- would be a big federal funding increase.
"There could be a possibility for tax relief if the federal government in their stimulus package provides a lot of budgetary relief that we don't necessarily anticipate," Ogden said.
Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, House Appropriations chairman, said Perry's idea is "not fiscally responsible."
"We'll be lucky to maintain the tax relief we've already got on the books and then pass a budget that doesn't severely impact the operations of the state," Chisum said.