A Call to Action to the Superintendents of Texas

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January 27, 2011

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Center for Public Policy Priorities Executive Director F. Scott McCown issued the following call to action to the superintendents of Texas.

"We have no reason for pessimism but pessimism itself.

"Texas can meet the challenge of our state’s revenue crisis, which has left us at least $27 billion, or 27 percent, short of being able to provide services at their current level, but doing so requires a balanced approach that includes using all of our Rainy Day Fund and adding new revenue. In a democracy—where the most important election is always the next election—if citizens demand a balanced approach, the Legislature will take a balanced approach. All that stands between us and a pragmatic response to this crisis is the sort of pessimism that leads to doing nothing."