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The following article was sent in by Joshua McDaniel. McDaniel is a senior economics major from the University of North Texas and is serving as Chairman of the UNT College Republicans.
One of the biggest controversies of 2012 was the vast budget cuts in education spending in Wisconsin by Governor Scott Walker and the newly-elected cast of Republicans in the State Legislature. As the nation witnessed swarms of school teachers and their students storming the state capital, Governor Walker didn’t flinch.
Medicaid currently takes up about a third of Texas' All-Funds budget, and we can expect it to continue growing over the years unless serious reforms are made. According to a 2010 report by Cato Institute Senior Fellow Dr. Jagadeesh Gokhale on behalf of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, even before ObamaCare was passed, Medicaid was expected to overtake 32% of the All-Funds budget by 2019, and 39.3% by 2040.
The following is an update from Texas Senator Dan Patrick of the 82nd Legislative Session.
Less that a Month to Go
With only 21 calendar days to go before the 82nd Regular Session ends, every moment of every day counts. We still have numerous important legislative issues to consider and vote on, not the least of them is the final approval of all the redistricting maps
RPT - This afternoon, all 19 Republican State Senators stood together in a united front to defeat obstructionist tactics of the Democratic Party and successfully moved forward House Bill 1, pertaining to the 2012-2013 state budget. It was apparent over the last couple of days that Democratic senators were attempting to hold the budget process hostage through the two-thirds rule in order to extort higher spending levels. Read more »
The following is press release senr in from the Latino National Republican Coalition of Texas:
The Latino National Republican Coalition of Texas (LNRC) appreciates the hard work of the Texas House of Representatives in passing House Bill 1 concerning our state’s budget.
Government spending must be brought under control. Making the right decisions today will lead to a more prosperous Texas tomorrow. This is the time when we need solid leadership, and we are here to support our legislature as they make these tough budgetary decisions. As the Senate
Call members of the House Economic and Small Business Development committee and let them know we’re serious about eliminating corporate welfare and unnecessary spending in Texas – let’s get HB 465 a hearing and let’s get HB 466 passed (of course if HB 465 passed, HB 466 would be unnecessary).
Chairman John Davis (512)463-0734
Vice Chairman Hubert Vo
“We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth” - President John F. Kennedy
Frances Byrd from Liberatchik Discusses Promoting Liberty through the Arts
The following is a letter sent in from Texas State Representative Ken Paxton (HD-70):
On Sunday, April 3, the Texas House of Representatives concluded over 23 hours of debate on the first draft of the state budget for 2012-2013 (CSHB 1). It passed the House 98-49. I voted in favor of this bill. Read more »
Message submitted by Republican, Conservative activist Sharon Roberts about the current state of the Texas Budget and why it may be necessary to lightly tap into the Texas Rainy Day Fund.
This week, our legislature will be discussing and voting on our budget. Having spent a lot of time studying, reviewing and talking to legislators, I have come to a conclusion. It is imperative we pass this budget. It is a good solution to a very difficult issue. Originally I had thought it best to not touch the rainy day fund. Having looked at all the facts and the projections on the unfunded mandates, it is the best solution we have at this time.