The Senate’s version of the state budget:
- spends $12 billion more than the version passed by the Texas House! Tell them to cut spending!
- grabs $3 billion more from rainy day fund, in addition to the $3 billion to be used for the current budget shortfall! This $6 billion raid guts the Rainy Day Fund! It leaves around $3 billion in the People’s Savings Account. The Rainy Day Fund’s replenishment rate even at today’s fuel prices is about $1 billion per year and the expected increased cost of Medicaid alone (before ObamaCare) for the 2013 legislature will be $14 billion! How will the state overcome the next gigantic budget shortfall if our state officials won’t cut spending now? Tell them to cut spending!
- uses one-time revenue sources (such as selling state property – not yet been sold!), accounting gimmicks (pushing forward expenses into the next biennium budget), and will require some businesses to make ADVANCE tax payments to the state. Tell them to cut spending!
Where can the Senate cut? Here are just a few examples:
- Cut overlapping, duplicated state agencies, departments and programs! For example, we have at least six agencies and departments that deal with natural resources!
- Reduce state government down to the basics as specified in the Texas Constitution! For example, the Arts, Film, and Historical commissions are still intact in the Senate’s state budget! The Senate should fund the basics: criminal justice/law enforcement/correctional system; basic education; transportation – roads, bridges, drainage (not parks, turtle fences, bike, walking trails); and basic health care for the truly indigent Texans who are citizens.
- Cut pay for state employees (teachers are not state employees). The Senate Finance Committee voted down 10-4 a 5% pay cut for state employees making $100,000+! (The House pay cut amendment for state employees making $65,000+ was withdrawn due to a lack of support from Republicans!)
- Freeze hiring for vacant positions. The Senate Finance Committee voted down a hiring freeze 10-4 which would have saved millions by simply not filling vacant positions. The hiring freeze would have exempted certain positions in essential services such as in the criminal justice/correctional/DPS agencies.
- Stop the magnets that draw illegal aliens here. Texans cannot afford to be the social safety net for those who break the law! State services should go to citizens and legal immigrants, period!
Call right now to send a message: No new taxes or tax hikes! Cut spending! Stay out of the Rainy Day Fund! Stop the high cost of illegal aliens!
Smith County voters: call all three Senators who represent parts of Smith County. Be polite, but firm.
Senator Kevin Eltife: Austin: (512) 463-0101; fax (512) 475-3751 Eltife’s Tyler Office: (903) 596-9122; fax (903) 596-9189
Senator Bob Deuell: Austin: (512) 463-0102; fax (512) 463-7202 Deuell’s Greenville Office: (903) 450-9797; fax (903) 450-9796
Senator Robert Nichols: Austin: (512) 463-0103; no fax listed Nichols’ Jacksonville Office: (903) 589-3003; fax (903) 589-0203
JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director (volunteer)
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