Quotes of the Week

Trust me when I tell you that there are interests all across the state who view Monday's revenue estimates as the equivalent of ringing the dinner bell. They all want more for their causes. They all figure we have manna falling from heaven, and they have all of y'alls' addresses and phone numbers.

Gov. Rick Perry on Comptroller Susan Combs' new revenue projections

I don't think we have a surplus. If you don't pay your bills of course you can have a surplus.

Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, on the state’s fiscal condition

I totally understand the comptroller having a hard time guessing what the revenue is going to be. I would hope this one is a little more accurate.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, on the inaccuracy of the comptroller’s two-year-old forecast of revenues, and her new estimate.

Forty percent of our school districts have sued us. So we’re going to have a court, one or more courts, tell us what is the right number for us to put in and we’ll fund it.

Dewhurst, on what’s next for public school funding

I've been underestimated many times before so we'll just let it sit right there.

Perry, responding to a WFAA-TV report that Attorney General Greg Abbott might challenge him in 2014, and has more money on hand than the governor

For anyone who is a fan of limited government, for anyone who is a fiscal conservative and economic conservative, Nov. 6, 2012, was an ugly, ugly day.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at a Texas Public Policy Foundation event

He’s just a goofy guy, so I wouldn’t think that he would do something like this. God told him that this is where he wants him to be.

Telsa Hildebrant, on her cousin-in-law, freshman Rep. Jonathan Stickland