Don’t Fall for False State Budget Choices—Sign Texas Forward Petition

Texas AFT is proud to be part of the Texas Forward revenue coalition seeking a better approach to the state budget than the current policy of nothing but cuts in vital state services. So we are pleased to invite you to join in a new Texas Forward petition drive against the latest efforts to pit essential health and educational services against each other instead of adequately funding the services Texans need.

Here’s the deal:  Health care and schools are both essential parts of our economy and community. They make Texas stronger. Yet Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has been touring the state claiming that both education and Medicaid funding for children, the elderly, and Texans with disabilities are squeezing the state’s budget. She and other state leaders need to stop this misleading business of pitting health care and education against each other.

Texas Forward has a better idea. As Texas grows, we need to pay attention to whether Texans have a safe, secure, and healthy future. Medicaid is a lifeline for millions of families with children, elderly parents in nursing homes, and family members with a lifelong disability. Quality public education is the key to our state’s future prosperity, preparing our youth for higher education and good jobs.  Let’s not drag schools or health care backwards!

Sign the petition to tell Susan Combs and State Leadership:

“The problem is not Medicaid, public education, or any other essential public service; the problem is the priorities of state leadership. We need a real plan to meet the needs of Texans!

“Fix the hole: We must fix the $10 billion hole in the budget that state leaders put there in 2006, leaving Texas without the revenue it needs for health care and education.

“Use the Rainy Day Fund: Stop prioritizing tax giveaways over investments in our children’s future. In the short run, use our Rainy Day Fund for its intended purpose, to maintain vital services in this Rainy Day economy. The Fund replenishes on its own, and when matched with a fix for that $10 billion hole, we can give our schools and kids what they need.

“Have the courage to lead: We need real solutions to our revenue crisis. Take an honest look at the challenges that our rapidly growing population faces, and stop using rhetoric that asks us to choose between quality education and quality health care for our children.”