And now a word from the TDP …

The Texas State Capitol, AustinFor those of you who have asked that I keep you armed with Talking Points for those times you get into a hot and heavy debate with your Tea Party Republican friends … here you go!

… from the Texas Democratic Party:

Decisions made in Austin will affect our communities – period. This is especially true with budget cuts:

• When the teacher your kid loves is laid off

• When your neighborhood school closes its doors

• When your property taxes go up because the state passed unfunded mandates to your county…

These cuts will be painful and they are a direct result of a Republican tax package that created a structural deficit.

What can be done about it? Texans should demand honesty from lawmakers about the causes and costs of failed policy.


About Richard Stone

... is a husband, a father, a writer, a journalist, an activist, an avid reader of trash science fiction and an occasional folk/bluegrass guitar player. He loves to travel, UT sports, community theater and sharing a good bottle of wine with good friends.
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One Response to And now a word from the TDP …

  1. Mary Ridgway says:

    I sent this to Temple, Waco, Statesman and Houston Chron:

    If you have been paying attention to the news about the budget lately it should be clear that our deficit problem can be traced back to Governor Perry’s cutting the Property taxes in 2006. Then the Business Tax bill which was supposed to replace that Property Tax Revenue never came close to generating the Revenue he projected.

    The Comptroller in 2006 was Carole Strayhorn, and she warned them that they were writing a “hot check” to the future budget. But of course they ignored that.

    So it seems to me that since this disastrous budget deficit was caused by Perry and Dewhurst’s ignorance, the Legislature should be entitled to use their common sense to fix it. Perry’s requirements that they can’t raise taxes or use the Rainy Day Fund should be disregarded.

    In fact they should confiscate his Enterprise Fund and the Emerging Technology Fund and apply that to the Budget Deficit.

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