Communicating Progressive Values in Texas
April 30, 2013To: State Representative Brandon CreightonChair, House Republican CaucusCC: Texas House Republican Caucus MembersChairman Creighton:The GOP Sequester Plan you offered as an amendment to House Bill 11 and urged the Texas House of Representatives to consider needlessly brought Washington D.C. politics to the Texas Capitol.The GOP Sequester Plan indiscriminately cut money across-the-board for all budget items, includingpublic schools, hospitals, and pay raises for Texas state troopers. No area of the budget was leftuntouched; for example, your GOP Sequester Plan would have cut $166,000 in funds for the Alternativesto Abortion Program currently in the Texas House version of the budget.
The last Governor to fund a State Water Plan was a Democrat
. The GOP Sequester Plan jeopardized our
best opportunity to fund water infrastructure in 16 years.
Governor Perry’s call
to usethe Rainy Day Fund, you offered and urged your Caucus to vote for a reckless amendment to use generalrevenue dollars, then admitted you had no idea of
consequences and ignored thenear certainty that it would never survive conference committee negotiations.Thankfully, there is a more responsible option that would create a fair and equal investment ineducation, transportation, and water for our future,
using money we already have in our state’s savings
account. I strongly recommend you consider working on all these issues together, at once, rather than adivide-and-conquer approach that relies on a GOP Sequester Plan that harms everyone.As you said yesterday during debate on the House floor:
S. TURNER: Do you believe that water, on the floor of this house today, has a greaterprecedence or higher priority than the financial support we have given to our schoolsthis session?CREIGHTON: I believe that they are coupled, and we cannot consider either in avacuum.