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“Texas is the number one job creator in the country.”
“We passed a conservative budget with no new taxes.”
“Gross domestic product is up and unemployment is down.”
“We have jobs-jobs-jobs.”
These are mantras that resonate across the Texas political spectrum. Eighty-one percent of the jobs go to immigrants, legal and illegal. What else is our government not telling us? Turns out, a lot.
How many Texans know that Texas:
- ranks 11th in the nation for reliance on federal dollars
- leads the nation in road debt
- is in more debt than the Postal Service, which is bankrupt
- has passed spending increases totaling $8 billion over and above the population growth rate and inflation limit
We have the number one economic engine in the country, but as Michael Quinn Sullivan succinctly put it, “The least drunk person in the room probably shouldn’t be held up as a model of sobriety.”
In the last session, lawmakers started off with $20 billion of revenue. Not all of it was spent on nonsense, but much of it was.
Corporate welfare is financial assistance, such as tax breaks or contributions (called subsidies), given by the government (taxpayers) to profit-making companies, especially large corporations.
In the last session:
- Film & music marketing received $95 million, a 200 percent increase from the last session in 2011. This is to attract for-profit entertainment projects to Texas.
- The Emerging Technology Fund received $57 million taxpayer dollars.
- The Texas Enterprise Fund was awarded $120 million.
From an earlier session, Formula One Racing was given $25 million over a 10 year period from YOU the taxpayer. “You mean the Formula One?” Yeah, that Formula One. This is nothing more than the state of Texas paying people who are already swimming in money to come to Texas and make more money. State-sponsored bribery is one of the means employed by our elected officials in Austin to inflate the Texas job market.
Texas should be a business friendly state, with low taxes and sensible regulations. That alone, and a healthy economy, should attract most businesses without resorting to unconstitutional enticements to get them to come here.
Also from an earlier session, they blessed us with a new requirement for schools: if 80 percent of a school’s students qualify for free or reduced breakfast, it has to be made available to the entire student body and naturally, you are paying for it.
In the last session, our criminal justice director got a $73,000 raise. The Health And Human Services director got a $35,000 raise after being on the job for only a few months. The head of the Board of Pardons and Paroles received a $45,500 raise. The state librarian got at $35,000 raise, and our Parks And Wildlife Director got a $27,400 raise. Wow. Couldn’t they have reduced our taxes just a little?
And of course, “education cuts were restored.” The classrooms might see a little, but most of the money will go to corrupt, left-leaning Big Ed. Big Ed is the upper echelon of public education — your commissioners, superintendents, directors, administrators, coordinators, specialists, liaisons, etc. Most “education” funding goes to pay for their bloated salaries and perks, instead of going to teachers and classrooms.
You would think if you compared Texas to union besotted California in public education spending, that Texas would put California to shame. Not so fast: The Texas population is 26 million compared to California’s 38 million. In state spending per person, Texas spends approximately $2,043 to California’s $1,345. The Texas ISD debt is $64 billion while California’s ISD Debit is around $50 billion. Texas and California rank 41st and 42nd when it comes to public education spending.
Clearly, Texas has a really big problem.
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Tags: education, Joe Straus, spending, state budget, taxes, Tea Party
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