State funding mess

Posted Thursday, Feb. 07, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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Remember when our highways were the envy of neighboring states? Drivers pay an extra 9-cents-per-gallon gas tax for that. Recall when our state parks were beautiful, pristine slices of nature -- proud displays of Texas' "best"? Texans pay an extra $128 million per year in "special" sales taxes on sporting goods for that. Yet our highways are awful, and our state parks are filthy, broken or closed?

Surprise! Arrogant, self-interested, ambitious state politicians regularly rob from "dedicated" state funds to bolster our general fund to create a "balanced" state budget. They'll even slash funding for our public schools, our most precious resource for the welfare and future of our children, so they can later campaign as "budget conservatives."

Yet money remains for our governor's "economic development," "rainy-day" and "tech startup" funds, distributed to private businesses and partially returned as "campaign contributions," so he can run again? Really?

-- Robert Moore, Fort Worth

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