Jones “Budget” Television Ad
Elizabeth Ames Jones: Texans deserve a State Senator who will be 100% committed to tackling our budget problems -- without raising taxes. That’s what I’ve done.
Announcer: As a Texas State Representative, Elizabeth Ames Jones was a leader, (1) balancing a 10 billion dollar budget shortfall (2). That’s right...10 billion dollars (3). And she did it without raising taxes (4).
EAJ: I will bring new leadership to the Texas Senate.
Announcer: Elizabeth Ames Jones: A conservative we can trust.
(1) “Jones was one of the stars of the Bexar County legislative delegation…Jones rose quickly to a coveted post on the House Appropriations Committee and served on the House Energy Resources Committee… In addition to demonstrating her leadership ability…” San Antonio Express-News Editorial, February 22, 2006
(2) “The Republican-led Legislature is trying to write the budget without new taxes despite a projected revenue shortfall exceeding $10 billion. After House and Senate action, a conference committee will likely be asked to reach a final version before the legislative session ends June 2. House panel OKs budget ; Bill doesn't include new taxes; Democrats decry health cuts. San Antonio Express-News, April 8, 2003.
(3) In 2003, the Texas Legislature did something unprecedented. Faced with a record $10 billion budget shortfall, lawmakers balanced the budget without raising taxes and cut general revenue spending for the first time since World War II.” Texas Public Policy Foundation: http://www.texaspolicy.com/pdf/2011-BudgetSolutions-Lessonsfrom2003-th-aw.pdf
(4) “I think we have to ‘balance the budget without new taxes,” she [Jones] said. “When an economy is slow, it’s not really the time to initiate new taxes.” San Antonio Express-News, January 12, 2003.