Health Care Advocates Concerned About Budget
By Brandon Mulder
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other top officials have been warning further budget cuts may be needed when the next legislative session begins in 2013. But that call for cuts has a group of education and health care advocates rallying against a tighter budget.
Today the Texas Forward coalition announced a petition calling for state legislators to stop pitting health care and education budgeting problems against one another. Texas Forward member Monsterrat Garibay is an Austin school district pre-K teacher.
“It is wrong to mislead Texans into thinking they have to choose between health care and education, or any other public service,” Garibay said.
But the group doesn’t have an alternative to budget cuts yet. Eileen Garcia, CEO of Texans Care for Children, says a report with suggestions is coming.
“As coalitions do, we are still figuring out all the elements that we’ll consider,” Garcia said. “But we definitely think we have a great resource in terms of the report that gets put out.”
The next legislative session begins Jan. 8, 2013.