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Sen. Zaffirini Makes Statememt Regarding the Senate Budget

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May 4, 2011, 7:09pm
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(AUSTIN) - "A budget is a moral document that should reflect the values and priorities of our state. This was the profound message of the Texas Catholic bishops when they visited the State Capitol last month. I voted against the Senate's budget today (May 4) because I agree with the bishops and believe that this budget does not reflect the values and priorities of Texans, especially with respect to education and health and human services.

"Some seek to distract attention from the draconian cuts by emphasizing that the budget passed by the House of Representatives is significantly worse. Unfortunately, while the House budget is horrific, the Senate budget is simply awful.

"The Senate budget slashes public schools drastically and blocks or delays access to critical health services for thousands of older Texans, Texans with disabilities and Texans with chronic diseases. It underfunds public education by $4.7 billion and eliminates funding for full-day pre-kindergarten.

"What's more, the bill significantly underfunds our higher education system by $923 million in state funds and slashes health and human services by $4.8 billion below minimum core services needs.

"Also slashed are programs that would save the state money in the long run, including mental health services, family planning, early childhood intervention and disease surveillance and vaccinations.

"Additionally, the Higher Education Subcommittee's workgroup on Health-Related Institutions, which I chaired, had no additional funding to ameliorate the drastic cuts in the base bill. As a result, the Permanent Health Fund (PHF) for Higher Education was liquidated. It is strange that some who argue against tapping into the Rainy Day Fund in the name of fiscal prudence are willing to eliminate a fund meant to provide consistent funding for the institutions that train our desperately-needed doctors and health care professionals.

"This budget is not only morally wrong, but also fiscally shortsighted. The fiscal pressures amplified by Texas' rapidly-growing population are enormous. Sadly, we have squandered an opportunity to cut responsibly, solve our ongoing structural deficit and invest in the future of our state.

"Texans deserve better."

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old as dirt  
Wilson Co.  
May 9, 2011 12:50pm
sumbeach, The administrators of LV ISD did no, out of the blue, build a new auditorium and ball field; a majority of the voters in the district passed that bond issue, and the district simply followed the directions from the ... More ›

wilson county  
May 9, 2011 12:00pm
Old Dirt, Don't be a presumptious old dolt. Of course all of us realize that prices are up from 10 years ago. That is not our point. Our point is that organizations need to live with-in certain means. That includes educational ... More ›

Clay & Nanette Cook  
La Vernia, TX  
May 9, 2011 10:31am
Thank you Old As Dirt........ Good to hear from you.

old as dirt  
Wilson Co.  
May 9, 2011 9:46am
Serious thinker, sumbeach, senior citizen, and business owner! Having been born way before WWII, there is a good chance that I am older than you, so it is with some elderly wisdom that I suggest that you get over "the ... More ›

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
May 7, 2011 5:55pm
Yes, S.T. If only people would realize that ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL! If WE would live conservatively and demand that of our own local boards, how much better would our nation be!

Serious Thinker  
La Vernia  
May 7, 2011 11:32am
Business Owner - Right ON! NOW, all we need to do is be very watchful as the schools are now getting in place to raise the rate to make up for the short fall from the Texas Budget coming down the road! When I was growing ... More ›

business owner  
Wilson County  
May 7, 2011 7:40am
Take it from someone who has been involved in the school system in the past...there is tons of fraud, waste and abuse that can be cut and never touch the classroom. Sumbeach is correct, spending has nearly doubled over the ... More ›

Alvin Charmaine  
May 6, 2011 2:45pm
We could probably cut some Senator salaries from the budget without missing a beat. Senator Zaffrini might consider giving up some of her perks so HHS can eeek by. The Senator gets fat at the trough- insane- cut that budget.

Serious Thinker  
La Vernia  
May 5, 2011 10:34pm
Yea for the cuts! It is time to cut the umbilical cord people. Sum beach you said a mouthful and I am just waiting for LVISD TO START CRYING. if they do, they need to get our tax dollars back from their Finance Director ... More ›

wilson county  
May 5, 2011 9:38am
Really?? No more full day pre K?? Maybe moms will have to front run their decision to have kids with a contemplation of "how will I care for this child". Sheesh what a novel idea..."planning for a family". ... More ›

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