Gov. Rick Perry has endorsed using $3.2 billion from the rainy day fund to help close the deficit in the current budget. “The Rainy Day Fund presently has approximately $8 billion in it” says Donna Garner
According to the Statesman.com The House Appropriations Committee prepared to vote Tuesday to use the rainy day fund money to close a $4 billion deficit in the current two-year budget cycle, which ends Aug. 31. Should the full House and Senate agree, the Legislature would have about $4 billion more to combat the state’s larger $27 billion shortfall over the next two years.
Perry said at the start of the session that lawmakers should not use any rainy-day fund money, but he has softened his position in recent weeks to say the money should be used as a last resort. By endorsing the House vote Tuesday, he in many ways abandoned his last-resort position, since the January-to-May session is only halfway over.
It seems to me that the elected may have forgotten what it was that hurt them the last time and what got them all elected this time. Republicans lose when they stray from our commonly held conservative principles. We the people have given them a great opportunity to lead but it looks like they are up to the same old “tax and spend” tricks.
The Statesman.com further states that many Republican lawmakers, fearful of looking weak to conservative activists by twice taking money out of the fund, are likely to agree with Perry.
Our nation is not in the trouble it is in because of a lack of tax money, we are in trouble because we spend way too much. We need to cut spending, or all we are going to do is deplete the emergency fund that we have set aside for natural disasters, in order to feed the “beast” we all know as BIG government.
For those who have the courage to stand up we are behind you but for those who are weak and who sell out “we the people”, we will run you out just as fast as we put you in. Its up to you; have a long political career serving “we the people” or get ready to get turned out of office. The vote is yours. It is time we stop feeding the “beast” we call government and stop over spending!