October 26, 2012
People across Travis County are casting their ballots in support of Proposition 1. Have you voted yet?
This is the only weekend you can vote early, so skip the lines, grab a coffee and cast your vote on your way to your Halloween parties.
You can find early voting locations for Travis County (and for Bastrop County, which I also represent), as well as important information on why you should support Proposition 1, here.
Prop 1 has been endorsed by a huge range of organizations: everyone from the Travis County Democratic Party and nearly every Democratic club in town to the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and nearly every major business group in town; from Planned Parenthood and the Austin Central Labor Council to the Real Estate Council of Austin and the Downtown Austin Alliance; from the Chronicle to the Statesman.
It’ll create 15,000 permanent jobs and about $2 billion annually in economic prosperity, plus help establish the pipeline of doctors our region needs.
It’ll allow for more trauma services, longer neighborhood clinic hours, prevention and wellness programs, and better primary, behavioral and mental health care.
And it’ll pay for more doctors to treat Austin’s poor and uninsured, in part by purchasing the services of a new UT med school’s students and faculty. These folks would work in our community clinics, new teaching hospital and neighborhoods to keep us and our families and neighbors healthy.
Here’s a highlight from the Statesman’s endorsement, with its remarkable headline, “Medical school would offer hope to Austin”:
Construction of a medical school for Austin will be a significant step toward making the community the place it aspires to be. Construction of a medical school will fuse Austin’s passion for education with its compassion for people. Approval of Proposition 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot not only raises money for a medical school but for other programs and health services. It will mean that uninsured patients — far too many of us — will have an alternative to emergency rooms for medical care. It will mean that the mentally ill won’t have to get help in a jail to get treatment. A medical school will provide a perfect intersection for research and technology. Construction of a medical school will further diversify an Austin economy and spin off thousands of jobs — 60 percent of which won’t require a college degree to obtain.
Also, check out this video about Proposition 1.
Today. Get your people out to vote too. Find early voting locations, times and information here.
And please vote FOR Proposition 1.