Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Texas Legislature Still Playing Games with Taxpayers’ Money and Lives

Special Session Costs Taxpayers $3 Million

by Peter Stern

Governor Rick Perry and Texas legislators cannot do the jobs voters hired them to do. For the past decade urgent issues have remained unresolved and the 2011 Regular Legislative Session proved that things have NOT changed and that elected officials still rather play political games than to work in the best interests of the Texas community.

By calling for a Special Legislative Session since the Legislature could not resolve the issues, Governor Perry ensured that an additional $3 million dollars must be spent on a Special Session to work on urgent and also on questionable special interest issues. That is a lot of wasted dollars that could have been spent elsewhere, e.g., to finance public education, at a time when the State is trying to stop wasting expenditures by cutting important services to Texas taxpayers.

Voters should be fed-up and disgusted with the governor, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and elected officials, who cannot be trusted to resolve issues that have continued to plague Texans for the past decade; however, the GOP majority was able to find common ground to approve a lop-sided redistricting proposal that increases its majority. So it does appear that our Legislature can approve bills that are important to itself.

What is so hard to find resolutions for financing public schools so that Texas children receive a quality education while streamlining costs? It must be a horrendous job because the governor and our legislators have not been able to find a cure during the past 10 years. Instead, they are attempting to increase class sizes, which is in direct contrast to the studies on educational excellence. It seems that legislators do NOT want public education to succeed.

Wasted tax dollars and special interest politics surround the governor and Texas legislators and the biggest problem is that voters permit it.

Taxpayers must step-up and contact Senators and House Representatives, so that they truly finance the failing public education system properly and to stop playing political games with our lives and tax dollars. Demand that elected officials perform the jobs they were hired to do.

Senate:     http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/Members.htm

House:     http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/


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