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From the Houston Chronicle:
“I’m almost positive we have said publicly that we would take 80 percent less of the money if they’d give us 100 percent flexibility. We could cover more people and do it cheaper, but the federal government refuses to allow states the flexibility. They just don’t want to cede control of that almighty free money that they have up there,” Perry said Tuesday after a speech to a National Federation of Independent Business/Texas conference.

I would like to remind the good people about the budget choices and prioritization of funds that Rick Perry and the Republican party made for Texas the last few years.

In Education:
5 Billion in funds cut to public schools.

This has led to the cutting of bus routes, school districts requiring payment for buses, the firing of custodians and asking teachers to do the work, the closing of schools, the congestion of classrooms and the loss of 10,000 teaching jobs among tens of thousands of other positions in the state. All while schools are being asked to perform at a higher level, and when the state is adding 80,000 new students per year.

But don't assume this only affects the lower grades. Higher education institutions, many tier one classed, are complaining as well as their budgets are reduced by 9%. This will force even higher tuition at a time when getting a college education is already at record highs. But hey, if you're a Republican, Mitt Romney's answer is to "shop around".

(This has, by the way, led to 600 school districts suing the state.)


In Health Care:

The defunding of Planned Parenthood leaving at least 50,000 impoverished women without reproductive services, while the current rejection of federal funds willleave the larger 130,000 women requiring services out in the cold.

And in a mixed topic, the budget also leads to the elimination of Texas' primary care residency program, reduces funding for family practice residency and eliminates 220 million from health science centers and their research. This during a time when researches in San Antonio, at the highly esteemed Biomedical Research Institue, are trying to fund a new breakthrough HIV vaccine patent. Not a cure, but an even more effective way of fighting the virus.

In.... Everything Else:
Well there's a lot. The Children's Health Insurance Program was cut, the Texas Historical Commission lost its ability to preserve landmarks (this drives me crazy considering how much Texas claims to love its past), 2 year colleges lost funds.

So hey great product Rick, only 22% of 8th graders go onto get a college degree within six years of high school graduation, we've got the fourth highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, we lead the country in minimum wage jobs and we don't have many college graduates.  Oh, and your elevated high school dropout rates? You probably lied about that.

But hey gub'ner. You sure know how to run a lean, mean, effective state. I trust you to put the money where it needs to go.

Oh wait.

Originally posted to DAISHI on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM PST.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Doesn't Perry already have enough flexibility? (6+ / 0-)

    I mean he twists himself into a logic pretzel all the time.

  •  the litany of his cuts (2+ / 0-)
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    MidwestTreeHugger, Rogneid

    reads like a who's who of required services for the many.  the federal government, since 2003 has sent back more than texas paid in five out of seven years, which is close to routine.  i see no reason to suspect that those numbers have gotten any better.  he still can't bridge the gap even with all the cuts.  flexibility for him means keeping the money for the rich, and from the same mouth at the same time, blaming the poor.  that's flexible!

  •  Perry is just holding out to save face now. (2+ / 0-)
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    MidwestTreeHugger, Rogneid

    The remaining Governors who haven't yet done the right thing for their state are not doing themselves any favors. I think Governor Scott has shown them how to take it and be able to claim victory.

    In Texas, the health care business is too big to ignore. It is easy to ignore people, but it is much harder to ignore dollars. While I think privatization of Medicaid is doomed to fail, it is better than nothing and will eventually help lead to a better solution.

    Governor Perry took stimulus money and he'll take the Medicaid expansion as well.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 11:34:57 AM PST

  •  The sad part is that most Texan's don't or worse (4+ / 0-)

    won't acknowledge the huge losses that he has hidden way from public view.    
     The CPRIT debacle - how did the GOP in Austin respond:  "oversight" by hiring an insider who received funding from that $3B slush fund, I mean worthwhile venture.

      Here in TX, there is a agency that has been filled by special appointment by Rick.  It oversees rate hikes from insurance companies.   After taking all sorts of heat from Progress TX - the head rejected a 20% rate request from State Farm for property insurance.   A knee-jerk reaction from Austin - eliminate the agency.

       This is the kind of nonsense that we are living with, and most don't care to know about it.   It is very depressing.

  •  Hal Sparks had an interesting take on 'flexibility (1+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid

    On the Stephanie Miller show this morning.  Hal Sparks had an interesting take on the 'flexibility' of Federal money given to the states.  

    we already saw Republican governors taking stimulus money and using it to balance their books - not creating jobs, infrastructure, etc..  Hal Sparks opined that they want to take the money, use it however they want, actually cut services so the poor or working poor of their states 'go to the nearest blue state that actually uses Federal money for the purposes intended.'

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