Grassroots America Comments on Governor Abbott’s
“State of the State” Message & Legislative Priorities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2015
Contact: JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director, (903) 360-2858 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin, Texas – Today, Grassroots America’s Executive Director JoAnn Fleming commended Governor Greg Abbott for several priorities he outlined in his State of the State Address.
Fleming said, “Grassroots America is extremely supportive of the Governor’s rating of border security, transportation funding reform, and state ethics reform as emergency items. We also strongly support several of this other priorities – lasting property tax cuts, business tax reduction, state debt reduction, and parental choice for educational freedom.”
“Grassroots America is pleased to hear Governor Abbott express the importance of reducing the size and scope of state government,” said Fleming. ” We couldn’t be happier to hear that he will veto any budget that does not include property and business tax relief, and we are especially pleased that he has prioritized passing a Constitutional Amendment capping increases to the Texas budget at population growth plus inflation.”
The following are priorities outlined by Gov. Abbott that Grassroots America supports:
Fleming added, “There is pressure on the House side of the legislature to have an unremarkable session and even work against the Senate reforms we expect to pass. It is time to get serious about securing the Texas border and closing loopholes that allow illegal aliens to access welfare. It is time to get serious about lasting property tax reform and paying down debt. It is way past time to set children free from failing schools. We believe Governor Abbott set a very high bar for success today. Grassroots America volunteers will be on the ground in Austin working to see that many of these priorities are achieved.”
Instituted in 2009 in Smith County, Texas, Grassroots America is the largest conservative citizen organization in East Texas. Grassroots America has not only become a major political force in East Texas, but the organization has garnered statewide influence due to its legislative work in Austin. Grassroots America’s Executive Director JoAnn Fleming was recently appointed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to chair his Grassroots Advisory Board.