Via Texas Tribune:
State Sen. Robert Deuell, R-Greenville, would rather raise taxes a little bit than make the cuts lawmakers are considering now, he said this evening.As a Texan who is watching gas prices soar past $3 / gallon, the idea of the State Government contributing to that figure in any way is irresponsible and should not fly.
Deuell has been a proponent of a 10-cent increase in gasoline taxes for some time — since before his Republican primary and general election victories last year — and said he would support a broader sales tax too. He also said the state should use "most" of the $9.4 billion Rainy Day Fund.
"I think it's raining, and I would hate to make cuts this session and come back in two years and find out we didn't have to make those cuts," he said.