No Rainy Day Fund? #txedbudget #txlege

Civil War amputation kit...still in use at the Texas State Capitol?


As much as I appreciate words with 4+ syllables, I also like Samuel Johnson's approach. In this case, shorter words might serve as the perfect descriptor when one cleaves to an idea so unreasonable that it shouldn't be touched with a stick. Unfortunately, why sully this blog with those words?

After reviewing the weekend's work, it's clear that Republicans State Legislators in Texas have left more body parts on the operating room floor than a Civil War surgeon's operating theatre:

CPPP STATEMENT ON HOUSE’S PROPOSED STATE BUDGET
Read it online in PDF. 
Refusing to use the Rainy Day Fund for 2012-13 is unconscionable 
(AUSTIN, Texas)─Center for Public Policy Priorities Executive Director F. Scott McCown made the following statement in response to the House passing House Bill 1, its proposed state budget for 2012-13. “The House chose a cuts-only approach to our state’s $27 billion revenue crisis when Texans want a balanced approach that protects our priorities, including protecting today’s jobs and preparing our children for tomorrow’s jobs.
“Because the House budget reduces state spending so deeply, by 2013 Texas will have 335,000 fewer jobs (close to half in the private sector) and $17.2 billion less personal income, according to the  Legislative Budget Board.  The House budget  also makes damaging cuts to public education, higher education, and critical health and human services such as nursing homes.     
“Writing the state budget is a process, and today’s vote is merely one step in the process.  But the final budget won’t be any better  unless Texans  speak up and  demand  a balanced  approach that uses the Rainy Day Fund and adds new revenue, for example, by eliminating unwarranted tax exemptions and increasing the cigarette tax.   
“Texans created the Rainy Day Fund to protect us from the very sort of economic damage that the House budget would cause.  While the House proposes to spend $3.1 billion of the fund to close the 2011 deficit, the House refused to use any of the remaining $6.3 billion available for appropriation to fund 2012-13.   
“Refusing to use the Rainy Day Fund for 2012-13 is unconscionable.  If the House has its way, we will be left with a huge Rainy Day Fund, but unemployment will go up, education will be wreaked, and nursing homes will be closed.  We should use the Rainy Day Fund for 2012-13 just like we did in 2003 for 2004-05.   
“Nothing about what the House proposes to do is courageous or a necessary tough choice.  Instead, the House put the Rainy Day Fund off limits and refused to consider new revenue, forcing a series of irresponsible choices.    “We invite Texans to join us on April 6 at the Capitol to make our voices heard at the Save Our State Rally!”  
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For more information about the Save Our State Rally, go to www.txforward.org.
The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) is a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute committed to improving public polices to better the economic and social conditions of low- and moderate-income Texans. We pursue this mission to achieve our vision for a BETTER TEXAS. You can learn more about CPPP at www.cppp.org. 


BTW, the quote I had in mind about Samuel Johnson had less to do with 4 syllable words and more with what the author thought were well-written passages...
Read over your compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.  ~Samuel Johnson, "Recalling the Advice of a College Tutor," Boswell, Life of Johnson, 1791
Amen.


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Hi. My name is Colby-Win Beasley. I'm a student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. I was assigned to read some of your recent blog posts. With the information provided it seems that the sensible thing to do would be to use the money to stop unemployment from increasing so dramatically and to not make any cuts in the school systems. What good is a rainy day fund if the money is not being used when it's needed?

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