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Keep Texas Strong~ What do you think Memorial Day was all about? Texas Legislature

Date posted: May 29, 2013

Now is not the time to give in~ The Texas Legislature has gone into a Special Session and now is the time to Fight to KEEP TEXAS STRONG!! 

JoAnn FlemingAs JoAnn Fleming said in her latest call to action…….

It’s time to make your voice heard…again!  Folks, we have to fight until there are no more options available.  Do not just sit back and let this happen without a whimper!  To those who are “exhausted,” remember that George Washington and his rag-tag group of patriots were tired, had no shoes, barely any clothes or weapons, and were up to their waists in snow…and they fought on. 
 
What do you think Memorial Day was all about?  Do you think the American Soldier gets tired?  If we are to keep Texas strong, we must take action.  If some of us can work unpaid and spend our household money to stay in Austin when we’d rather be home with our families, and spend countless hours reading these bills, studying the budget, arguing with legislators, and sending out these calls to action, you can make a phone call!
 
 
Texas Legislature’s Wild Spending Spree Passes…26% increase!
 
 Over the Memorial Day weekend, the GOP-controlled Texas legislature passed appropriation bills and a 2014-2015 budget that combine to increase spending 26%!
 
No matter how the state Republican Party and the House and Senate leadership spin it, they’ve increased spending 26%.   In 2011, lawmakers spent a grand total of $84 billion (this does not even include dedicated or federal funds). In the 2013 regular session which just ended yesterday, your legislature spent more than $106 billion

 
The record vote has not yet been certified, but the unofficial record shows 29 legislators voted against the budget (Senate Bill 1) and HB 1025 (big spending supplemental bill that also raids the Rainy Day Fund).  For the budget bill, there were 28 Republicans voting no and one Democrat casting a no vote.  On the giant spending supplemental HB 1025, there were 29 Republican no votes, and 11 absences – many Republicans.  Bottom line – only about 1/3 of the Republicans voted against the spending spree.  When the record vote is certified, we will send out the list of how your legislators voted.
 
Major conservative and local grassroots liberty groups have united and are calling on Governor Perry to veto the budget and a major supplemental spending bill that raids the state’s Rainy Day Fund – HB 1025.    The groups are calling on the Governor to bring the legislators back to a special session to cut spending.  
 
Please do our your part by calling Gov. Perry now to say:
 
1) you don’t support a 26% increase in spending.  In the 2012 Republican Primary, 94% of voters voted for the Proposition that called for government to cut spending! (The 26% spending increase covers all the new appropriations bills AND the budget, when combined and compared to last session. These numbers have been verified by Texas Public Policy Foundation and Grassroots America.)
 
2) veto HB 1025 which raids the Rainy Day Fund and the budget (SB 1);
 
3) bring the legislature back to the drawing board to cut spending and fully fund your proposed tax cut of $1.8 billion.  Texans don’t need, don’t want, and don’t deserve wild, liberal spending like this!  Governor Perry has the power to stop it, and he should!
 
Gov. Perry’s numbers:  (512) 463-2000  and (512) 463-1782 and (800) 843-5789
 
[Online form for written feedback: http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/assistance.aspx]
 
Call now!  The Governor is signing bills as we speak.
 
Fight for a Strong Texas…Speak UP now!   Thank you…JoAnn & the TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee.
 
Need a picture?  See The Budget Truth Spending Chart, courtesy of Chuck Devore & the Texas Public Policy Foundation:

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“God save Texas from vain, corrupt politicians and from the apathetic who sit back and let them rule!”- JoAnn Fleming Executive Director (volunteer), Grassroots America – We the People  www.gawtp.com 

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Make the calls right now!! URGENT INFORMATION FROM JOANN FLEMING WITH GAWTP…

Date posted: May 22, 2013

JoAnn FlemingFast-breaking news…we are down to crunch time in the legislature.  Regular session ends Monday.  Please send this out ASAP and call your state representative’s office this morning before the House goes back into session!   The vote on this has been delayed twice.  YOU are making a difference!

 

Stop the raid of the Rainy Day Fund – SJR1 – Vote NO!  The budget is already up 20% over the last one and now they want to raid the savings account too! 

 

GOP leaders are determined to “bust the spending cap” even if it means enacting yet another gimmick and more smoke and mirrors. This time they are changing the definition of “busting the spending cap.”  This is particularly troubling when the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker all strongly spoke against these tactics before the session began. They are all silent now!

 

We strongly oppose SJR 1.  Here’s why:

 

1) We don’t believe the TX Water Development Board is short on tools to finance water projects. The board already has two Texas Water Development Funds; creating another would be an unnecessary expansion of government. Spending money just because the Rainy Day Fund is projected to have $12 B at the end of the next biennium reeks of a Washington DC-like mindset.  

 

2) 94% of Republican Primary Voters in 2012 voted for Ballot Resolution #4 – Limiting any increase in government spending. This garnered even more votes that repealing ObamaCare (93%).

 

3) SJR 1 weakens limits on spending by allowing the Legislature to always draw Rainy Day Fund money into a State Infrastructure Bank for water spending, but it never ever counts against the spending limit. (General Abbott has already agreed that a draw from RDF is considered to be general revenue and thus counts against the spending cap.)

 

With the passage of this language, the legislature will once again employ smoke and mirrors to spend more than it should by redefining what they want to do — bust the cap. Changing the definition of “busting the cap” so the lege can bust the cap is not what 94% of Republican voters are expecting.

 

4) State spending is out of control – no matter how the GOP leadership spins it. When both baseline budgets leave out transportation, water and the proposed tax cut, and still spend 20% more in General Revenue  than last session and are determined to raid the Rainy Day Fund, it’s pretty clear leadership is on a spending spree.

 

Tell your state representative to resist! For the good of Texas – resist!

 Find your state representative by clicking here:  http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Members/Members.aspx?Chamber=H  
 

JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director (volunteer), Grassroots America – We the People  www.gawtp.com 

 

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Date posted: May 13, 2013

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Monday night @ 7:40 PM  dial in to get the latest updates on the direct assaults on liberty and on taxpayers from JoAnn Fleming and Terri Hall. 

 

Call Details:
Date: Monday, May 13, 2013  
Time: 7:40 PM Central Daylight Time   
Dial-in Number: 1-626-677-3000 
Access Code: 347970

 

Terry HAll“Eight-years-in-the-trenches” transportation policy analyst Terri Hall will give you the cold, hard facts about the transportation bills that have passed both houses.  These bills undermine Texas sovereignty, your liberty, and threaten to skim off your local property taxes to pay for state transportation projects that will still be tolled. Are you in the mood for a property tax increase?  Terri will tell you how to find out how your state representative and your state senator voted. 

 

Twenty-year constitutional conservative activist and policy analyst JoAnn Fleming will give you an update on the spending and budget situation – which is NOT JoAnn Fleminggood news.  The Republican-controlled legislature and its leadership have been on a wild spending spree with that $8 billion in “surplus” revenue.  To make matters worse, they’re being urged to bust the spending cap so they can raid the Rainy Day Fund.  JoAnn says it is time to get ready to retire some folks from state office.  JoAnn says, “When there is no penalty for failure – failure proliferates.”

 
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Betrayed by the Governor of Texas

Date posted: April 18, 2013

Betrayed! 

JoAnn FlemingBy JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director, Grassroots America – We the People PAC; and for identification purposes – Chair, TX Legislature’s TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee
Today, Governor Rick Perry made a sharp left turn. According to sources inside the GOP Caucus meeting, Perry has decided to abandon his own promises to the people of Texas. One year ago – on Tax Day 2012, no less – Gov. Perry unveiled a “State Budget Compact” and promised us he would champion and push for these five principles:
1. Practice Truth in Budgeting
2. Support a Constitutional limit of spending to the growth of population & inflation
3. Oppose any new taxes or tax increases; make the small business tax exemption
   permanent
4. Preserve a strong Rainy Day Fund
5. Cut unnecessary and duplicative government programs and agencies
 
One year later, due to a lack of leadership, these promises won’t likely survive the legislative session. Once again, we get a lot of talk, but little real action. Today, Perry signaled to Texas House Republicans that these promises really no longer matter.
 
If that’s not bad enough, Gov. Perry is asking House Republicans to walk the plank for him in support of busting the spending capputting Texas further into debt, and raiding the Rainy Day Fund. In exchange, Perry promised to campaign for those legislators who would follow him in this reckless quest to betray the conservative base and to violate foundational conservative principles.
 
Our answer? Anyone thinking about following this unprincipled approach should remember the “Cruz Missile” that blew up all conventional political wisdom last year and sent an earthquake through the middle of Austin.
 
The conservative grassroots of Texas that united to send Ted Cruz to the United States Senate is more committed than ever to protect this state from the establishment ruling class in both parties. We will consider any votes to bust the spending limit, to drive Texas further into debt, and to drain the Rainy Day Fund to be a declaration of war on our children and grandchildren. Texas is NOT Washington, DC, and we don’t take kindly to betrayal.

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Spread the Word – 2014 is Coming!

Date posted: March 27, 2013

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By JoAnn Fleming 

Fellow Texas Constitutional Conservatives: 

In 2010, we worked together to send conservatives to the state legislature. In 2011, the Austin ruling class worked against our conservative legislators and ignored our cries for reform. In 2012, we rose up to fight again and sent a larger contingent of conservatives to the legislature. We sent Ted Cruz to the US Senate. In 2013, the establishment is working overtime to silence the reformers, and they are working harder than ever to hold their fairy tale together. But, fellow Texans, 2014 is coming…

We want you to know that grassroots conservatives from across the state are in the trenches in Austin. We want you to know what we are fighting for, and we ask you to spread the following unified message because 2014 is coming.

We are sending a strong, commonsense, liberty-advancing message in Austin that must apply to all legislation:

  • Stop the “borrow and spend” practices. Why? Today, Texas state government has more debt than the US Postal Service ($16 billion). “Borrow and spend” is just as bad as “tax and spend” because it threatens liberty for future generations. According to the Legislative Budget Board, the amount of state debt outstanding is $40.99 billion, an increase of $22.81 billion, or 125% over the amount of state debt outstanding 10 years ago in fiscal year 2003. Sounds like Washington, DC.

 

  • Stop digging holes and fill in the ones you’ve already created. Why? On top of the state debt, the Texas Tomorrow Fund has a $644 million hole (parents pay into a fund to secure their child’s college education at today’s prices). The Teachers Retirement System is underfunded, creating a $27 billion hole. Our state government is incurring costs today, without setting aside the money needed to meet tomorrow’s obligations. Sounds like Washington, DC.

 

  • Stop the diversions. Why? Our legislature uses millions of dollars in taxes and fees created for one purpose and diverts them to another purpose. One big example is the gas tax diverted from road construction to non-road uses. There are too many examples to list! Sounds like Washington, DC.

 

  • Stop the accounting gimmicks and deferrals to balance the budget. Why? We need truth in budgeting! Since sales tax collections for the 2012-2013 budget exceeded the Comptroller’s revenue projections, the $7.1 billion planned shortfall from last session is being paid from the “surplus” revenue and from the Rainy Day Fund; however, our legislature, governor, lt. governor, and house speaker need to stop just balancing the budget on paper and actually practice truth in budgeting. Anything less sounds like Washington, DC!

 

  • Don’t raid the Rainy Day Fund. Why? The Rainy Day Fund should always maintain a balance large enough to ensure our AAA credit rating AND provide funds to endure a natural disaster or a terrorist attack (made possible with open borders and sanctuary cities) without having to depend on the federal government. Frankly, our elected officials need to prepare for getting less federal dollars since the financial collapse of the federal government may be coming. Texas is no longer a donor state. For the last 8 years, Texas has received more federal dollars than were paid into the federal treasury by taxpayers. Texas is helping to build the federal debt. This is the history of federal dollars in our state budget for the last 3 biennial periods: 

2008 – 2009: federal funds were $55.1 billion or 32% of state budget revenue

2010 – 2011: federal funds were $72.6 billion or 38.7% of state budget revenue

2012—2013: federal funds were $54.7 billion or 31.5% of state budget revenue

If they ignore these facts and do anything less than prepare for tough times ahead, our state officials will be acting like Washington, DC!

  • Stop gazing lovingly at our wallets. According to the Legislative Budget Board, Texas state spending rose 310% between 1990 and 2012, while population growth plus inflation totaled only 132%. This is why we don’t support adding new taxes and fees to fund the core constitutional functions of state government, and we won’t until the legislature actually practices real budget transparency and truth in budgeting. After all, “TEA” stands for Taxed Enough Already! Stop acting like Washington DC, telling us you need new revenue. We the people didn’t make the mess, but we will stand with those of you who work to clean it up.

 

If you agree – and we hope you do – please circulate this information. “We the People” of Texas must understand that although our state is stronger than most, we can and must do better. 
cracksThe cracks in the foundation are showing…

 

Texas is not the Land of Oz…

The fairy tales coming out of Austin must be debunked. That responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the Texas Constitutional Conservative Grassroots. Since we aren’t funded by special interests, we are free to tell it like it is – the pure, unvarnished truth. Why? The elections of 2014 are coming.

 

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