Here are the salient talking points from the TDP’s weekly Leadership Memo. Please note that the Voter ID bill didn’t make it out of debate today but should be back on the floor by the end of this week.
I’ve also written a letter to the editors of several local papers including Temple, Waco and Austin about this concerted Tea Party effort to dismantle the middle class. You will find the contents of that letter on my Facebook page, which you can find here.
Please feel free to use the information and links you find on this blog to craft your own letter. Writing a letter to the editor of your paper (any of them) is an excellent way to push back against the lies and mis-information the other side is spreading.
Last week, Governor Perry and Speaker Straus announced a deal to use roughly $3 billion of the Rainy Day Fund to cover the shortfall in the current two year budget. As a reminder, this shortfall was caused by Perry’s 2006 “structural deficit” budget plan.
However, that same deal put the remaining $6 billion of the Rainy Day Fund off limits, meaning that Perry and House Republicans are willing to defy the overwhelming majority of Texans who oppose balancing the budget by cutting billions for public schools, financial aid for college students, nursing homes, and child abuse protection.
The Perry-Straus budget deal is nothing less than a declaration of war against teachers, children and seniors, and Texans are fighting back. Here are some facts you can use to deliver that message:
- Perry and the Republicans claim local schools can “protect the classroom” by targeting cuts at non-teaching personnel, but the facts show that firing every non-teacher would not pay for the proposed education cuts.
- Billions of dollars in Medicaid cuts will force nursing homes to close, deny prenatal care for expectant mothers and health care for children, who will turn to local hospitals for basic care at local taxpayers’ expense.
- Republicans can’t fix the budget mess they made for the past decade, but next Monday, they will try to stop voters from holding them accountable at the polls: the State House will consider a voter ID bill that, as written, would effectively amount to a poll tax.