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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 April 28,2011 djftíoiHji .  The lobbyist walked out of the capitol, disgustedly shaking his head.  “It’s the worst session I’ve ever seen,” said the lobbyist, a former legislator of more than a decade. “Everybody over there’s scared to death.  “Hick Perry’s running for vice president," the lobbyist continued. "David Dewhurst's running for the U.S. Senate, and every statewide non-judicial elected official wants to run for something else.”  The lobbyist, no raving liberal, was aghast at the posi  DAVE  MCNEELY  Dave McNeely has covered Texas politics and government since 1962.  S3 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to help make up a shortfall in the budget for the current fiscal year.  But Perry opposes taking more from the fund for education and health care. He wants it reserved for natural disasters, like Hurricane Ike that wrecked Galveston in 2006.  Critics think Perry can respond to dramatic disasters like hurricanes. Call out  The Legislature appropriated $1.3 billion from the fund.  • 2005: $1.9 billion was spent from the fund.  • 2007: The fund was not used; rapid economic growth was foreseen.  • 2009: The fund also was not tapped, as the governor and Legislature used $16 billion in stimulus money to supplant general revenue to balance the state’s budget —- even as the governor criticized the stimulus.  Meanwhile, top legislators and others warn of a structural deficit created  the NaHnnal riiTorrt* TZZu"     wh f n a new  business tax in 2006 to  (he National (ruard. Declare    replace revenue from a propertv tax cut  over the^er?  HellCOpter    has fa,,en abou < $10 billion short every  Rut fLT vf 8 ?!     two  y ears  - will continue to do so  But for the harder-to-see unless changes are made.  Perry so far has put forth no suggestions about what to do.  While people associated with the Tea Party demonstrated behind the  On Herald-Zeitung.com  Most popular stories:  Husband sought in wife’s slaying  fied a^wHe  r< ^ er    rema i» s    on     loose; victim identi-  DPS: Woman dies after driving in the Guadalupe  New Braunfels ISD f, rcs  36 employees  New Braunfels Police: Smith remains on the loose  fn1?r'morion br' mi  er Joe Straus to reach a balanced budg- down on the state's education and  He echoed Ae'seiMeoHrnpending    orcSl    omthe    ^    T*     d “ traled     behind    «hi  doom expressed by superintendents, guard    ‘    ^P 110     recently    against    touching    the   ----■    He savs he .¡„ .    .    Rainy    Day    Fund,    another,    much    larg-  ne says he wont sign legislation to  -----«------■    •    *    -    -     6   use that remaining $6 billion or so from  the Rainy Day Fund - despite the pleas  of teachers and other educators, and  parents, who carry signs to some of Per-  ry’s appearances around the state,  imploring him to rescue Texas kids.  (He did not say he would veto further  principals, teachers, university administrators and others who think the cuts-only approach is fueled by the political ambitions of Perry and, to a lesser extent, Dewhurst, and is dangerous to the future of Texas and its schoolchildren.   care front ’  man y  doc '    me aid not say he would veto furthei  medic|nn^Z ll l' ra ' 0 h  and od,er  appropriations of money from the fund, to imoarMhevth?,  d a ‘ ' he Texas  pernor can allow a hill to taEnS    become law without his signature.)  Texas chainsaw massacre of cuts will have if it is anywhere close to what passed the Texas House.  Governors and legislators in the past — Democrat John Connally in the 1960s, Democrat Mark White and Republican Bill Clements in the 1980s, Democrat Ann Richards in the 1990s — faced up to the need for more resources for educa-  The Rainy Day Fund was created in the late 1980s, to provide reserves to pay recurring costs when revenues are short  er group gathered in front of the capitol, calling for it to be spent on needs they consider critical.  The Center for Public Policy Priorities, which seeks to see that services are provided for children and poor people, advocates spending the Rainy Day Fund now to avoid crippling cuts in education and health care.  That, the group says, makes far more sense than saving the money to deal with shortfalls later.  Another moderate former lawmaker, not identified because of his sensitive  HiDrAmn»«!!    .    .----- ,     ,IUI  luenuneu oecause ot ms sensitivt  The comptroller can add part of oil and position, was around when to Legisla gas tax revenues that pyppbH    I, j .    .    T"     U1C   gas tax revenues that exceed what was collected in 1987, plus some of any leftover general revenue at the end of a biennium.  Perry and the Legislature have used  don and healdi care. They either called    the Rainy Day Ftind in pXe^  toTfomarfio at 20n 1 ‘ r"'T'    k m 20 ° 3: Perry 3)80 insisted that a $1 °  u *?  1L  ^  Perr V  has blllion  shortfall be handled solely  Siv aioTesre l OWn  °'’ T" *““■  He    through s P e nding ™<s, without more  nnally acquiesced m spending just over    taxes.  ture raised taxes in 1984 to improve schools and teacher salaries.  He is disgusted with the legislators following the cuts-only approach of those in control.  “I’m ashamed of them and for them,” he said.  “There’s not enough guts in the capitol to draw a good flock of buzzards.”  ■ ABC's “This Week' (KSAT San Antonio 8 a.m.) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Reps. Joe Walsh, R-III., Steve Southerland, R-Fla., Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and Allen West, R-Fla.  ■ NBC's 'Meet the Press" — (KENS 5 8 a.m.) Geithner; former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan;  ENROLLING NOW FOR SUMMER!  LINEUP FOR TODAY'S NEWS SHOWS  Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich.  ■ CBS' 'Face the Nation" (WOAI 8 a.m.) — Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.  ■ CNN's 'State of the Union" (9-10 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.) — Donald Trump; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Rep.  Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.; former CIA Director Michael Hayden; John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil.  ■ 'Fox News Sunday" (WTTG 9 a.m.) — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Sen. Tom Coburn, R-0kla.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.  Most commented stories!  ComaJRiver  Ed "° r: Constn,£ti o" '* lining beauty of the Letter to the Editor: Political games are ruining education m!!ket°c!phafom n G °  b<Kk  *°  Umi,ed g0Vernment ’ frM    frce marke ' “ pi,al ' Be Heard- Questions for the candidates  Jdcmy Korner Learning Center  Now enrolling for Aftercare  3pm-6pm Aftercare:  $60 per week  V    FUN    WHILE    LEARNING  7am-6pm Kidarama Summer Program:  $110 per week Includes art, tumbling and computer classes  Hurry, space is limited!  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