Don’t let our economy
become a ghost town.
Our State’s economy has long been hailed as “The Texas Miracle.” But due to unwise decisions by our State Senators and Representatives, job growth in the Lone Star State is not what it used to be. It’s time to stop the anti-business legislation and return our focus to wiser policies that grow our economy, especially those that help our small business community. And let’s once again make public education a priority because an educated workforce is the best way to attract new business and high-paying jobs to Texas.
Supporting public schools
is a Lone Star tradition.
The most important thing we can do for the future of Texas is to maintain public schools of excellence. Only by providing the support our students and teachers need can we best educate our next generation of teachers, scientists, entrepreneurs, ranchers, engineers, tradesmen and other in-demand professionals. Unfortunately, many elected leaders in Austin cater only to their extremist campaign contributors who want to cut funding for public education, and even resort to taking local school tax dollars to spend on their pet projects.
Saddle up against the bad policies of yellowbelly politicians.
In recent years, a small group of extremist State Senators and Representatives has repeatedly attacked our schools and teachers to score political points with fringe voters rather than showing the courage needed to help educators. The result has been a dramatic decrease in State funding for our schools – forcing higher taxes on local homeowners to cover the difference. Now, many teachers spend $500 a year out of their own pocket to buy classroom supplies, and districts are considering school closures and larger class sizes to make ends meet.
Let’s empower Texans
with the facts, not rhetoric.
In 2011, the Texas Legislature voted to reduce State funding of public schools by more than $5.4 billion, a shortsighted decision that forced school districts to lay off teachers and increase class size. These same Senators and Representatives also required school districts to make up the funding shortfall by increasing their local property tax rates on homeowners to unsustainable levels – then took these same tax dollars to use for their pet projects. The result has been a skyrocketing property tax burden that, according to the Houston Chronicle, is “taxing people out of their homes.”