Dear Rep. Schwertner,

You ran on a platform of helping Central Texans find jobs — especially those of us living in Milam County where we are still reeling after Alcoa bailed on us.

Nearly every credible economist, including the noted conservative economist Ray Perryman, has said that the budget as proposed will devastate our economy, cost as many as 500,000 public and private sector Texas jobs in the next two years, and set us up for decades of economic suffering.

In addition to the profound impact that the cuts will afflict on our ability to adequately educate our children, the cuts to health and human services will be devastating to people who are already suffering from this economy.

I know, I know … no new taxes. Indeed, many of us bear a heavy tax burden, and I do understand that. However, the biggest companies in this state have virtually no tax burden whatsoever. They’re not creating high-paying jobs now (just minimum wage jobs with no benefits), so why would we expect them to change just because we cut their taxes even further? That is the very definition of insanity — especially as applied to a group of people who have perhaps the lightest tax burden on the planet.

You told us you are a devout Christian. Before you vote, I beg you to read Matthew 25 — all the way to the end (don’t stop at Verse 40). Your vote on this budget could demonstrate whether you are a lamb or a goat.

Cordially,

Milam County

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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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