Bob Hall

For Texas Senate District 2

 

Bob Hall

 
 


Bob Hall - Tea Party Supported Candidate for Texas Senate District 2 in the 2014 Elections

Posted October 20, 2013

Bob Hall for Texas Senate District 2

Bob Hall
Republican for Texas Senate - District 2

Bob Hall is a Constitutional Conservative with Judeo-Christian values who became active in the Tea Party movement in 2008.

He is a semi-retired business man. He and his wife Kay, a native Texan, live at Tailwind Airpark in Edgewood, Texas and are members of Lakeside Baptist Church in Canton, Texas.

Bob is not a politician. While he has voluntarily served his country and community, he has never held a public office. However, Bob has been very active with the Tea Party movement. He helped form the Canton Area Tea Party and is a charter member of the East Texas Constitutional Alliance. Since becoming active with the Tea Party movement he has given talks throughout North Texas on what We The People can and must do to return America to the Judeo-Christian values on which it was founded.

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TEAParty911.com Founder Endorses Hall

 
 

Sulphur Springs, TX, October 21, 2013 -- TEAParty911.com Founder, Michael Kinzie, today announced his endorsement of Bob Hall in his bid to become the next Texas State Senator in Senate District 2. Kinzie said of Hall, “Bob Hall has proven himself to be a fighter for the conservative values of fiscal responsibility and limited government while working with the Canton Area TEA Party and many additional grassroots organizations. Bob is a firm believer that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and every vote he will cast as a State Senator will be in strict accordance to the US Constitution and the Texas Constitution.”

Hall is a graduate of The Citadel; served as a Captain in the US Air Force, Space and Missile Systems Command; holds a commercial pilot license, and is a long-time business-owner with clients in multiple states.

Bob Hall faces long-time incumbent Senator Bob Deuell in the Republican Primary race in March 2014. Early voting for the race begins on February 18th and ends on February 28th with the primary election date slated for March 4th.

Hall recently told the excited crowd at a Canton gathering, “Our Texas government has grown too big and spends too much of the taxpayers’ money. The incumbent legislators we trusted in the past have put us on a course that is unsustainable. Our state government is too big, regulates too much, spends too much on things that are not the core constitutional functions of state government, doles out favors to special interests, has too much debt, and relies too much on federal dollars for the state budget. This weakens our great state."

Kinzie concluded his statement with, “Bob has proven himself here at home. Now is the time to send Bob Hall to Austin to fight for Texas from the inside – in the trenches of the Texas State Senate. I fully endorse Bob Hall in his campaign to be the next State Senator from District 2 and I encourage grassroots patriots to step up and help send Bob Hall to Austin.”

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Bob Hall Legislative Priorities

 
 

1. Limit Government Growth and Spending

The Problem:  Spending at all levels of government is out of control and continues to increase the size and scope of government, which represents a clear threat to freedom and prosperity for future generations. When government expands, liberty contracts.

Solution:  Implement Tax and Expenditure Limits. State and local government spending from ALL sources should increase only by the sum of population growth plus inflation and no more. I will fight for a state constitutional amendment to set this limit in order to protect current and future taxpayers from excessive spending.

2. Protect the Rainy Day Fund – the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF)

What is the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF), which is also called the Rainy Day Fund (RDF)? Why is it important? In November 1988, Texas voters approved a state constitutional amendment that created the Economic Stabilization Fund. The explicit purpose of the fund – as stated on the ballot – was to function as a reserve fund to cover unforeseen shortfalls in revenues.

The Rainy Day Fund is generated largely by oil and gas production taxes. Appropriations from the fund to close a budget deficit caused by declining revenues require three-fifths approval by legislators; all other appropriations require a two-thirds majority vote.

The Rainy Day Fund gets most of its funding based on a formula involving the base year of 1987. When the state’s annual oil and gas production tax collections exceed those collected in fiscal 1987, 75 percent of the amount above that 1987 level is transferred into the fund. The Comptroller’s office typically makes these transfers in November of each year.

The Rainy Day Fund also receives half of any “unencumbered” general revenue — that is, unspent and not reserved for a specific purpose — left at the end of each biennium. The fund also retains interest earned on its fund balance.

The 2003 and 2005 Legislatures appropriated ESF funds to purposes including the Teacher Retirement System, state health and human services, the Governor’s Office and the Texas Education Agency. [Source: Comptroller’s Office:  http://www.window.state.tx.us/comptrol/fnotes/fn1102/ ]

The Problem:  The legislature, the Governor and the Lt. Governor have gotten into a habit of spending out of the Rainy Day Fund instead of doing the hard work of 1) paring down state spending to focus only on the core functions of state government, and 2) eliminating duplicated, overlapping state departments, agencies, and programs.

This session it got far worse.  The legislature started this year’s session with $8.8 billion in surplus revenue left over from the current biennium since actual tax collections exceeded Comptroller Combs’ revenue estimates. This $8.8 billion constitutes an unforeseen surplus in revenue – not a shortfall! [Note:  This $8.8 billion is over and above the balance in the Rainy Day Fund.]

Yet, by a vote of the 83rd legislature and with Governor Perry’s approval, about half of the $8.1 billion of the Rainy Day Fund is set to be drained from the fund. (Note: $8.1 billion is the projected balance for the end of the budget year Sept. 2013.)

Where is the $4 billion from the Rainy Day Fund going? If voters approve Proposition 6 on the November 2013 ballot, $2 billion will go to a redundant, duplicative water infrastructure plan. Another $2 billion was to be paid out of the fund by August 31, 2013. Approximately $1.75 billion of this $2 billion was to pay for an accounting gimmick from the last legislative session when payments to school districts were postponed in order to balance the state budget on paper. The balance of about $250 million from the ESF went to pay for various programs overseen by the governor – payments that should have been paid out from the $8.8 billion surplus (general revenue) – not from the People’s savings account!

That’s right! When total spending from general revenue and from the Rainy Day Fund are added up, spending increased 24% over the last legislative session! [Sources: Texas Public Policy Foundation, TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee, and Legislative Budget Board documents]

Solution: Just as any wise business owner or family would do, the state legislature, the governor and the lieutenant governor must stop using the Economic Stabilization Fund like a cookie jar full of cash for extra spending. 

If we truly believe in personal responsibility, then the State of Texas should lead and preserve the Rainy Day Fund for economic downturns and for true natural and man-made disasters. We need look no further than the recent example of the devastation wreaked by super storm Sandy. The states of New York and New Jersey immediately turned to the federal government for relief, and many of the people of those states are still waiting for help. The Rainy Day Fund should be preserved so that Texas can be strong and less dependent on the federal government in times of disaster. 

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2014 Candidates

 

2014 Tea Party Endorsed Candidates by State

Tea Party Candidates
(Candidates supported by various TEA Party groups and members for the 2014 elections)


Texas Tea Party Supported Candidates

Statewide Offices:

Governor: Greg Abbott (Recommended)

Lt. Governor: Dan Patrick (Endorsed)

Attorney General: Ken Paxton (Endorsed)

Comptroller: Glenn Hegar (Recommended)

AG Commissioner: Sid Miller (Recommended)

Texas Supreme Court

Nathan Hecht ~ Chief Justice (Recommended)

Jeff Brown ~ Justice, Place 6 (Recommended)

Phil Johnson ~ Justice, Place 8 (Recommended)

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Bert Richardson ~ Judge, Place 3 (Recommended)

Kevin Patrick Yeary ~ Judge, Place 4 (Recommended)

David Newell ~ Judge, Place 9 (Recommended)

Texas State Senate Races

Bob Hall ~ District 2 (Endorsed)

Konni Burton ~ District 10 (Endorsed)

Don Huffines ~ District 16 (Recommended)