As a former mayor and city councilman, I understand firsthand the challenges that are presented when balancing a budget — in good times and bad. Currently, as a senator and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I have the honor of working to ensure the state is responsibly allocating the taxpayers’ money, and being a good steward of its resources.

During the 86th legislative session, I co-authored and helped pass Senate Bill 2, which lowered the amount by which city and county revenues can increase to 3.5% per year. Prior to this law being enacted, city and county budgets could increase by as much as 8% each year without voter-approval.