Does The Texas Constitution Stipulate Spending Limits For The State Budget?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alexandra HartApril 17, 2019 12:32 pm,

The Texas House and Senate recently approved, preliminarily, a $248 billion state budget. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick celebrated the decision by saying the budget fell in line with parameters set by the state constitution.

“Like every budget passed by the Senate since I have been lieutenant governor, Senate Bill 1 is within the spending limit set by the Texas Constitution,” Patrick said in an April 9 news release.

But is that true? Does the Texas Constitution stipulate spending limits?

Here to sort out fact from fiction is Madlin Mekelburg of the PolitiFact Texas fact-checking team, based at the Austin American-Statesman.

See how Patrick’s claim scored in the player above.


Written by Morgan Kuehler.