Paul Bettencourt Running For State Senator

Paul Bettencourt [Image from Texas GOP website]
Former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt is seeking the Senate seat for District 7 , now that state Sen. Dan Patrick has announced that he's running for lieutenant governor.

Bettencourt sees running for Texas Senate as an extension of his work at the tax office.

"I'm very public policy-based and very concerned about what happens to taxpayers in the process of budgeting and property tax appraisals, et cetera."

The Republican notes that the last state budget was over $200 billion dollars. 

"And that's up by almost twice — it actually is double of when I was a young tax assessor. So I'm hoping to be able to bring what I did at the Harris County Tax Office and my business experience, and really look for some cuts because these budgets have been going up way faster than a yardstick like the inflation and population rate combined." 

But he says there are many other non-economic issues.

"Clearly we saw last week a major meltdown in the Texas Senate. I think that complete lack of decorum isn't good for either party, quite frankly. And as a pro-life Catholic, I've got an opinion. But I don't see any reason why you should have a leadership failure where the votes aren't done in a rational period of time and there's not a chance for hearings. But that was just a pressure cooker of Biblical proportions, and nothing good came of it."

Bettencourt says it's important to limit state government, making the private sector more able to create jobs.