House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, did not sign Gov. Perry’s Texas Budget Compact this week, but he says he does support the governor’s principles.

"Speaker Straus not only agrees with the principles outlined in Governor Perry’s compact but also has delivered results on them, leading the House to balanced, no-new taxes budgets, preserving a strong Rainy Day Fund and being one of the only legislators ever to lead efforts to abolish a tax once it had served its purpose," The Speaker’s Office wrote in a press release.

Straus’ office says he has a long-standing policy of "not signing pledges," and that his pledge is to "keep his commitments to and provide quality representation" for his constituents and all Texans.