Twice recognized for his efforts by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Representative Parker believes in a sound fiscal approach that is centered on responsible spending and reducing taxes. In 2007, he was part of the largest property tax reduction in our nation’s history. That same year, he supported successful legislation that reduced and then refroze property tax rates for seniors and disabled citizens. Then again in 2009, Representative Parker co-authored legislation that removed an additional 40,000 small businesses from the franchise tax rolls. His efforts have helped Texas to achieve the designation of spending less per-capita than any other state in the nation.
During the 2009 session, Representative Parker proudly supported a state budget that reduced state government spending by 1.9 percent. In the past, he has championed legislation to further prohibit a state income tax in Texas and to also dedicate budget surpluses to further property tax relief. His priorities for the future remain: opposing unnecessary increases in government spending, reducing taxes and returning future budget surpluses to Texas taxpayers.