March 22, 2007
Very quietly, every day, thousands of Texans provide one of the most crucial and compassionate services in the state – they deliver meals to the elderly and infirm.
Effective programs, such as Meals on Wheels, operate with a combination of federal and private donations. But Texas could do a better job meeting many of its goals at a very affordable price.
House Bill 407, the companion to legislation I filed in the Senate, provides additional money so that more persons with disabilities and elderly Texans can receive home-delivered meals.
This bill will help a lot of people. It also will actually save the state a lot of money by allowing the elderly and people with disabilities to remain in their homes, rather than forcing them into far more expensive assisted-living or nursing facilities. And it represents exactly what legislators should be doing — rising above labels, finding the common humanity in people, and passing good laws that give us pride as both taxpayers and citizens.