Lt. Governor Patrick said last week that the Legislature would need to cut the budget, and that cuts would come primarily from health, human services, and education. But Texas already is not keeping up with need in these areas, and we need to spend significantly more on foster care services to settle a federal lawsuit and ensure children aren’t hurt or killed in the state’s custody.
Luckily, voters have left lawmakers discretion to roll back portions of the highway dedications if conditions warrant it.
Urge your state senator to commit to vote to reduce sales tax transfers to the State Highway Fund instead of cutting services to children. Call numbers available here.