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Old 01-20-2011, 12:05 AM
 
Location: 3rd rock from the sun
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(How do we blame the unions for this one?)

Highlights: Highlights of proposed state budget cuts | Texas Legislature | News from Fort Worth, Dal... (http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/01/19/2781779/highlights-of-proposed-state-budget.html - broken link)

Proposed Texas Budget to slash education funding:
- 14% cut in funding public school boards
- 4 community colleges to close
- 60,000 students to be dropped from state financial aid programs
- 80,000 to 100,000 school district jobs cut.
- no new applicants for college grants

- also slashing Medicaid funding by 10 percent
- closing two yet-to-be named institutions caring for mentally disabled Texans
- "pause" a state autism program and reduce client services in the blind children's program

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Texas has no income tax & most state revenue is from the retail sales tax - and sales are down. Unlike other states - Texas sets it's budget every 2 years.

“The state budget that was presented would have a devastating impact on Texans,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro... “We are 50th in per capita spending, it's like asking an anorexic person to lose weight.”
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:07 AM
 
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But, but, but I've been told that Texas is the economic miracle state! How can this be???
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:12 AM
 
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Illegals take a heck of a toll on social services in the border states and bleed the counties and states dry.
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Illegals take a heck of a toll on social services in the border states and bleed the counties and states dry.
Not unless that illegal is named 'Rick Perry'!

A Self-Inflicted Mess - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

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To understand how this happened, you have to go back to 2006, when Texas lawmakers passed a massive tax reform plan. The goal was to cut property taxes without costing the state any money. Perry designed a “tax swap” that would reduce property taxes and replace the lost revenue with a new business tax.
There was one major flaw with this plan — it didn’t balance. Property taxes were cut by $14 billion annually. But the new business tax brought in only $9 billion a year in new money. As a result, the tax-swap plan has burned a $5 billion hole in the budget every year since. (In 2007, a booming economy helped mask the problem, and in the 2009 session, lawmakers used $12 billion in federal stimulus money to fill the gap.)
And here's the kicker...


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The imbalance was well known. The Texas comptroller’s office warned Perry in 2006 that his plan didn’t pay for itself. The comptroller’s office estimated the plan would result in a five-year deficit of $23 billion.
But that's not all.


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some Republican leaders and conservative activist groups have made statements in recent weeks that expressed downright giddiness at the prospect of deep cuts in state spending. Lieut. Gov. David Dewhurst referred to the budget gap in his inaugural speech on Jan. 18 as an “opportunity.”
Opportunity...to become even worse caretakers of our great State. Way to go Republicans. Way to go. I say we deport those "illegals" now. Right now!
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