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7.08.12 TXSSGOP Open Letter to Texans

7.08.12 TXSSGOP Open Letter to Texans

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Texas State Senate Republican Caucus
 Sen. Robert Nichols, ChairOpen Letter to TexansFor immediate release July 8, 2012Contact: Steven Albright 512-589-2270
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Setting the Record Straight: An Open Letter to Texans
Dear Fellow Texans:In the U.S. Senate primary race, statements have been made that are untrueregarding the records of Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, the Republican TexasSenators, as well as Governor Rick Perry. This letter is to set the record straight.
The Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill
 
 
Many members of the Texas Senate and the Lt. Governor felt strongly about 
 
outlawing the practice of sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants. During the RegularSession, the Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill was blocked by the Democrats through theuse of a parliamentary procedure. The Lt. Governor asked Governor Perry to call aspecial session, removed the parliamentary block, and the bill then passed theSenate along party lines early in Special Session on June 14th. The bill was sent tothe House early in the Special Session where it failed to move and died. We areconfident that the Senate will again pass the bill in the upcoming 2013 LegislativeSession.
Controlling & Cutting State Spending
 
 
Governor Perry, Lt. Governor Dewhurst and the Republican-led Texas Legislaturehave always been committed to balancing the state budget without raising taxes,and have repeatedly done so since 2003. Most recently, the state budget wasbalanced in 2011 by cutting $14 billion in overall spending. Budget watchdoggroups have repeatedly praised Texas for being a low tax, low spending state andspecifically for keeping state spending lower than the rate of population andinflation growth since 2003. To characterize the Texas record as one of recklessspending is simply untrue.
 
 
 
Texas State Senate Republican Caucus
 Sen. Robert Nichols, ChairOpen Letter to TexansFor immediate release July 8, 2012Contact: Steven Albright 512-589-2270
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The TSA Anti-Groping Bill
 
 
The Senate Republicans and the Lt. Governor wanted to protect travelers fromunwanted and unlawful intrusion, so Lt. Governor Dewhurst requested that Governor Perry add the TSA Anti-Groping Bill to the agenda for the Special Session.The Texas Senate passed S.B. 29, the TSA Anti-Groping Bill, with enough timeremaining in the Special Session for the House to take up and pass the bill. The billwas a tougher version than that of the House, but ultimately died as a result of opposition on the House side.
State Income Tax, Wage Tax and Payroll Tax
 
 
We the undersigned, and the Lt. Governor, have always opposed a state income taxfor Texas, as well as a wage or payroll tax. Newspaper fact checks clearly confirmthis.Texans deserve to know the truth in this important election.Sen. Robert Nichols, Chairman Sen. John CaronaSen. Bob Deuell Sen. Robert DuncanSen. Kevin Eltife Sen. Craig Estes
 
 
Texas State Senate Republican Caucus
 Sen. Robert Nichols, ChairOpen Letter to TexansFor immediate release July 8, 2012Contact: Steven Albright 512-589-2270
3Sen. Troy Fraser Sen. Chris HarrisSen. Glen Hegar Sen. Joan HuffmanSen. Mike Jackson Sen. Jane NelsonSen. Steve Ogden Sen. Dan Patrick Sen. Kel Seliger Sen. Florence Shapiro

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