12 Texas House Members Stand Up to Vote "No" on the Budget
Late Thursday night, the Texas House voted out their version of the state budget - and it was just as disappointing as the Senate's version that passed a few weeks prior. While an amendment was added to prohibit vouchers, the House budget failed to reverse billions in cuts to public schools, restoring less than half of the $5.4 billion cut in 2011. Health care growth is not fully funded in the budget, which means that as the budget stands today the Legislature will have another Medicaid IOU to pay for in 2015. What's worse is that we failed to invest in education and health care despite the fact that the budget leaves $13 billion in unspent general revenue and Rainy Day Fund dollars state budget writers had available to them to use.
- Rafael Anchia - (512) 463-0746,
- Lon Burnam - (512) 463-0740,
- Nicole Collier - (512) 463-0716,
- Joe Farias - (512) 463-0714,
- Mary Gonzalez - (512) 463-0613,
- Ana Hernandez Luna - (512) 463-0614,
- Abel Herrero - (512) 463-0462,
- Trey Martinez Fischer - (512) 463-0616,
- Justin Rodriguez - (512) 463-0669, @RepJRod
- Chris Turner - (512) 463-0574,
- Armando Walle - (512) 463-0924,
- David Simpson - voted against the budget b/c he didn't like it's level of spending - but if you'd like to call and thank him anyway: (512) 463-0750,
In 135-12 vote, this is true leadership. These State Reps. showed the courage of their conviction to do what is right and what is necessary to change the face of power in Texas. Tell these leaders thank you for representing all of Texas and doing the right thing throughout the entire process.
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