Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
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Various grassroots groups around Texas held a press conference this morning at the Capitol to update a number of issues:
JoAnn Fleming (Grassroots America, We the People):
- State revenues, according to the comptroller, are UP $8.7 billion this session.
- No Rainy Day Fund raid
- Maintain Full defunding of the Enterprise fund and film subsidies.
- Fund all 24 months of education in the current budget; failure to do so is simply an excuse for yet another supplemental next session.
- A watered down sanctuary cities bill won't cut it.
- Note: As we have said before, even the bill passed by the Senate doesn't do much.
Aaron Harris (Direct Action Texas):
- Nothing hotter on the local level than property taxes.
- Texas has a local government debt crisis.
- Texas has the Second highest property tax burden of states without an income tax (and New Hampshire doesn't have a sales tax).
- Taxpayer funded lobbyists oppose property tax reform.
- Local governments don't want to tell the truth about their spending.
- SB 2 is a step in the right direction.
- "Elected officials are not local control, voters are."
Dana Hodges (Concerned Women for America):
- Plugs Church Security act.
- Plugs privacy act.
C.J. Grisham (Open Carry Texas):
- Constitutional carry #1 RPT priority.
- The #1 argument against constitutional carry is money.
- HB 1911 moving forward.
- Only problem is that it doesn't apply to college campuses.
- 9 states have passed constitutional carry since the legislature last met.
- HB 2022 - Gets TABC out of the gun business.
- HB 1966 - Protects 2nd amendment rights of renters.
John Seago (Texas Right to Life):
- Not all allegedly "pro-life" bills actually save lives.
- There will be 100,000 abortions between now and the next legislative session if the legislature doesn't act.
- SB 415 - Dismemberment abortion ban.
- Passed Senate, hasn't even been referred to committee in House.
- 56 house members have signed onto companion bill.
- "This is a no-brainer issue."
Terri Hall (TURF):
- House is passing "the worst type" of crony toll road bills.
- If Abbott doesn't veto these bills, he's breaking a campaign promise.
- Public money for private profit equals corporate welfare.
- TxDOT has deliberately frittered away the money they got in '13 and '15 on low priority projects.