Sunday, June 26, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found


VideoFound: Great Pyrenees on CR 124, June 5, young male, not neutered, red banded collar, no tag, black spot on tip of tongue, cannot keep. 830-216-2380.
Found: Husky on Hwy. 181 in Floresville near Whataburger. Call 210-997-6010.

VideoLost: Lab/Pit, missing evening of Mon., June 6, between 5-8 p.m., from Shannon Ridge Subdivision, Floresville, his name is Buster. Call 210-331-8966 if found.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Diesel Mechanics Needed Coastal Plains Trucking is currently hiring for Diesel Mechanics to work in the following locations: Stockdale, TX – Charlotte, TX – Jal, NM (housing provided at this location only) These positions are full time and offers medical, dental, vision, STD, Life, 401k benefits and bi-weekly pay. Mechanic Responsibilities: Vehicle Maintenance and Repair on Transport and Bobtail Tanker trucks. Qualifications: Must have own tools Certification in Brakes is a plus Experience preferred working on Diesel trucks. Prefer experience working on Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks and PACCAR, Cummins and engines. Experience changing tires and performing all PM work. Detail oriented, organized, takes pride in work and is safety minded. Compensation - Depending on experience – hourly pay with overtime. CDL NOT REQUIRED To apply: Log in to www.coastalplainsllc.com to complete an application Or contact Human Resources at 830-996-3002.
Experienced roofing nailer's helpers needed, well paid. Call 210-392-7099.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
Heritage ParkBudget BlindsPursch with auto package

Breaking News


Statement from Senator Judith Zaffirini Regarding Passage of the Budget




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
Contributed
May 28, 2011, 10:46pm
2,548 views | 3 comments

(AUSTIN) (revised 5/31/11) - "I voted against the appropriations bill (House Bill 1) because it does not reflect the values of Texas families and because it will have a severe, lasting and negative impact on our beloved state.

"Texas is at a crossroads: Access to quality education and higher education is critical to maintaining our state's economic competitiveness. To meet the demands of employers and educate our rapidly growing population, we should be strengthening our commitment to higher education, especially as every dollar invested in higher education returns up to $18 to the Texas economy.

"The state budget formalized today, however, shortchanges higher education by more than $960 million and public education by $4 billion.

"At a time when we should be expanding access to college, this budget slashes financial aid programs drastically, especially for low-income students. As a result, 28,700 fewer low-income students will receive TEXAS Grants (a 27 percent cut), and the B-on-Time Loan program, which promotes timely graduation and student success, will assist 30 percent fewer students. Even the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee was quoted by Dallas Morning News as saying, the "budget is going to make it harder for poor kids to go to college."

"In 2005 the legislature and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board began an ambitious and important initiative called Closing the Gaps by 2015, which aims to close the gaps in student participation, student success, excellence and research. Instead of moving Texas closer to meeting those four goals, this budget makes it nearly impossible to achieve them. Instead of closing the gaps, it broadens the gaps and puts college out of reach for thousands of low-income Texas families.

"For the first time in memory, the budget initially was passed by both chambers of the legislature on party-line votes after most Democrats were shut out of the process.

"Some Republicans ignored our concerns and accused us of "frightening Texans" unnecessarily, but this budget truly is frightening.

"Unbelievably, it cuts health and human services programs that save the state money in the long run. Among the programs cut are the UT Community Outreach Program, which plays a critical role in reducing the high incidence of diabetes in South Texas, and prevention and early intervention services that keep at-risk children safe from abuse and out of the foster-care system.

"Also slashed are waiver programs that give older Texans and persons with disabilities the opportunity to live at home with their families or receive community-based care. Without these waiver programs, many will be forced to live away from their loved ones in more expensive institutional settings.

"The future fiscal implications of this budget are staggering. The American journalist George Horace Lorimer wrote, 'Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible.' Texans aren't afraid to tackle tough problems, but Republican budget-writers missed no opportunity to delay or defer critical decisions, thereby failing to solve the state's fiscal problems and creating new ones for future generations.

"Budget-writers used accounting gimmicks and tricks such as deferring payments to 'solve' the budget gap. What's more, because the budget fails to fund Medicaid caseload growth, Texas will have to address a fiscal hole that is at least $4.8 billion larger in 2013. Instead the of fixing the structural deficit they created in 2006, Republicans merely swept it under the rug.

"Some may congratulate themselves for achieving a balanced budget, but this budget tips the scales heavily toward severe cuts and accounting tricks. That's not balanced. A balanced approach would require a thoughtful exercise in cutting wherever possible, while protecting safety net programs and preserving vital investments in Texas' future.

"Some may believe that this budget reflects the values of the majority of the people in Texas. I strongly disagree. Countless Texans from Senate District 21 and across our state support our public school teachers and believe in helping the very young, the very old and persons with disabilities. They believe in investing in Texas' future by strengthening public and higher education. This budget does not reflect those values.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Taylor  
floresville  
June 2, 2011 10:09am
 
I dont think goverment should pay for anybodies college if you arent smart enough to pay your way you arent qualified to go! We need more plumbers and electricians not school teachers and lawyers.

 
7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
June 1, 2011 2:47pm
 
Alvin, I concur, but be very careful taking on the schools especially in La Vernia.

 
Alvin Charmaine  
May 31, 2011 12:39pm
 
To disagree with the Senator - I believe the passed budget reflects my values. Schools are bloated and waste our money, they need to be mindful of how they spend taxpayer dollars. Nobody has a blank check. My kid went to school ... More ›

Share your comment or opinion on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Breaking News Archives


WCN Citizens Forum 5/28/15
Southern Electric
Malcolm's Custom Welding
Heavenly Touch homeAllstate & McBride RealtyVoncille Bielefeld homeTriple R DC Experts

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.