The Texas House voted 98-49 Sunday night to slash funding for public schools, nursing homes and college financial aid in a dramatic show by Republicans elected on a limited-government message in the face of a massive budget shortfall.
Newly elected state lawmakers are usually treated like children. Veteran lawmakers remind them they are to be seen and not heard. They're told to get along they have to go along, and most do. But not this year. The current freshman class is refusing to just sit and be quiet.
Thousands of Texas teachers are expected to gather in Austin tomorrow to protest cutting public school funding to balance the state budget. They say Governor Rick Perry doesn't appear to care that thousands of jobs could be lost.
After flatly resisting it since the first day of the legislative session, Governor Rick Perry is sending out clear signals indicating he is open to tapping into the state's Rainy Day Fund to "help" balance the state budget.
Calling the current school funding system illegal, indefensible and even immoral, State Rep. James White (R-Hillister) has promised he will do everything he can to change it and make it more fair for small property-poor school districts.
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