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November 2011 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Thank you for the honor, privilege and responsibility of serving as your State Representative in the Texas House. My first legislative session our state was faced with many challenges during these tough economic times, but I kept my focus on the needs of our community. My top priorities are fighting for public education, teachers, the elderly, and protecting small businesses and the working families of District 27.

In January 2011, the 82nd Legislative Session began with a $27 billion budget shortfall. We had the enormous task of trying to figure out how to fund our necessary services such as public education, higher education, and health and human services. The regular session ended on May 30 with no agreement reached on funding for our schools.

A 30 day special session was called by Governor Perry to address school finance and a couple of other issues. I am deeply concerned with the outcome of our state budget and the $4 billion cuts to public education that was passed by the legislature. It is quite unfortunate that we left over $6 billion sitting in the Rainy Day Fund (the state's savings account), when that money should have been used to fund our schools. If we continue to under fund our schools, the long term effect on the economic growth and stability of this state could be devastating.

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