Raul Torres on the State Budget & Redistricting

By Representative-Elect Raul Torres

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas — Freshman orientation was a whirlwind, and I learned just how fast paced the upcoming months will be.  The Texas Legislature will consider a wide variety of topics when we convene on January 11, 2011.  State budget issues and redistricting are on the top of the agenda, with a variety of other important issues including education and transportation.  

In addition to becoming acquainted with my surroundings and new colleagues, I attended daily legislative policy meetings to better understand the variety of  issues that we will face during the 82nd Legislative Session. I had the opportunity to get to know other Representatives from across the State & familiarize myself with the Capitol grounds. 

This year will be difficult, and issues expected to dominate the session include the State budget, redistricting, education & transportation.  

Feedback on the issues of the State budget, redistricting, education & transportation will be critical, and I hope that you will contact my Austin office in 2011. 

I now have a seat on the House Floor, and a new office located in E2.802 of the Capitol Extension. 

In the meantime, please feel free to contact my local office at (361) 792-0294 or elect.raultorres@yahoo.com.  It will be a pleasure to serve you and the people of District 33.

The Texas Legislature will consider a wide variety of topics when we convene in regular session on January 11, 2011. 

The Budget

The 82nd Legislature will be writing a state budget for fiscal year 2012-13 that will have to close an anticipated multi-billion-dollar gap between state spending demands and expected state revenue. This gap exists because overall state tax revenue is lower than anticipated, some state expenses are more than expected, and federal stimulus funds used in the fiscal 2010-11 budget are not expected to be available. 

Budget cuts have been implemented for state agencies and will continue, including budget cuts for State Legislators!
 
Redistricting

The Legislature will consider proposals to redraw district boundaries for State Representatives and Senators, the Texas Congressional Delegation, and the State Board of Education to reflect population shifts measured by the 2010 Census. 

Lawmakers will have to follow certain state constitutional requirements and must incorporate equal population standards and prohibitions against racial and partisan gerrymandering.  
 
Education

The Legislature may consider changes to current methods of funding as well as class size requirements and accountability measures to increase student success and respond to the economic development needs of the State. 
 
Transportation

Lawmakers will likely consider proposals to secure revenue for state roads and bridges. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has estimated that projected levels of funding would leave no funds to authorize new highway construction after fiscal 2012 because available funds would be needed for already committed projects and ongoing highway maintenance.
 
Difficult decisions in 2011 are inevitable, and I promised during the campaign to listen to you. 

I know that God will guide us in the months to come, and we will see a brighter future for all Texans!

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  9. Raul Torres is a thoroughly honorable man. He is a staunch conservative who will do the right thing.

    Redistricting ~ In the spirit of fairness, I want to see the dems hoist by their own petard.

  10. “Lawmakers will have to follow certain state constitutional requirements and must incorporate equal population standards and prohibitions against racial and partisan gerrymandering.” Mr. Torres, I hope we Texans don’t see the gerrymandering fiasco that has been the rule of thumb in the past.

    Here’s the basic requirements of redistricting. “The first question that must be answered about redistricting is exactly how equal the populations of districts must be. A Texas case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1970s (White v. Regester, 412 U.S. 755 (1973)) set the basic standard for the maximum acceptable population deviation for state legislative districts. Under that standard, the combined deviation of the most populous district and the least populous district from the ideal district population may not exceed 10 percent, and all the other district populations must fall within that narrow range. “Ideal district population” is the population a district would have if all districts in a plan have equal populations, and it is determined by dividing the total state population by the number of districts in the plan. Exceptions to the 10 percent deviation limitation have been allowed if based on consistent application of rational state policy such as the preservation of whole counties. In some cases, plans with districts within the 10 percent limitation have been held invalid if the population deviations show a pattern of discrimination. The same standard applies to districts for the SBOE. A stricter one-person, one-vote standard applies to congressional redistricting.”

    To read the whole article on Texas Redistricting see: http://www.tlc.state.tx.us/redist/requirements_basic.html

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