July 9, 2012
Today’s announcement was utterly lacking in transparency, debate or discussion. This is a decision for the people of Texas and their representatives, not a dictate to be handed down from on high in Austin. And the Texas Constitution ensures that this will not be the last word on the matter.
We love this state. We want to do whatever we can to protect its people and strengthen its economy. That means being honest and transparent about what our needs are and what resources we have to meet them. And it means being honest in how taxpayer money is being spent and transparent in demonstrating what taxpayers are getting for their money.
The fact is, we are talking about billions of dollars that rightfully belong to Texans – money we have sent to Washington through our taxes. It could, and should:
Texas can do better, and Texas deserves better. We believe the state should work transparently with doctors, hospitals, small businesses and others in the health care industry – along with some of the millions and millions of seniors, children and other Texans without health insurance – to figure out a solution that works best for Texas.
We need real reform so Texans can know that budget writers are spending their money in the best way possible and stretching every dollar as far as they can.