Burnt Orange Report
Rep. Deshotel Challenges Gov. To Drug Test Elected Officials Not Just Needy Texans

On Tuesday Governor Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced their support for drug testing applicants of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program. TANF was created to help families in need, particularly children, and already includes a provision that requires applicants to, “Train for a job or look for employment if capable” and, “not abuse drugs or alcohol.”

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Texas’ Stymied Budget Could Hurt Future Economic Growth

Texas is the nation’s fastest growing state but consecutive biennial budget deficits threaten its long-term economic competitiveness. On June 4th state leaders hinted at additional cuts to education and healthcare services by asking agencies how they would go about cutting another 10% from their general revenue. According to the Center for Public Policy Priorities the request ignored increases in population and inflation while using the 2011 reduced funding levels as its General Revenue baseline. This fiscal year Texas is projected to have the 3rd largest budget deficit as a percentage of revenue, one spot ahead of California and only out-shorted by New Jersey and Nevada. The structural budget problem has persisted since a 2006 reduction in property taxes was replaced by an underperforming franchise tax. Read More