3:48 pm CST - January 30, 2013
Posted under On The Record
State Representative Abel Herrero responds to the Governor’s State of the State
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Today, Governor Rick Perry delivered his seventh State of the State address to the 83rd Texas Legislature.
“After years of underfunding and overburdening Texas schools, Rick Perry and the Republican majority are standing by their unprecedented decision to cut $5.4 billion from our schools that led to overcrowded classrooms and thousands of teacher layoffs,” said Rep. Herrero. “Now Rick Perry has another solution—divert additional funds away from schools that need it most. No matter if you call it scholarships or vouchers, the idea will further grow the disparity in the Texas education system.”
According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, over 11,000 teachers were fired, plus an estimated additional 15,000 in school staff because of last session’s budget cuts.
“The Governor’s choices outlined today remain shortsighted. With Texas showing great recovery from the recession, Texans deserve a government that will invest in their future. And like most Texans, I will continue to invest my time and support in helping Texans access affordable healthcare, secure jobs that will allow them to provide for their families, and receive a quality public education system for all schoolchildren,” added Rep. Herrero.
Other topics addressed by Governor Perry today include the state’s needed investment in infrastructure and water needs and his decision to reject a Medicaid expansion. Medicaid expansion will potentially bring $100 billion in federal funds to Texas over the next 10 years and create an estimated 250,000 new jobs.
Representative Abel Herrero is serving in his 4th term in the Texas House of Representatives. House District 34 represents parts of Nueces County including Corpus Christi, Robstown, Bishop, Banquete, Petronila, Agua Dulce, Driscoll and Sandia.