Frustration in Texas; Republicans in the Majority and Still Spending like Drunken’ Sailors!

The Texas Senate does not seem to understand that we can not keep spending at these levels and expect to be okay when it is not just Raining (Rainy Day Fund) but it is a tsunami and we have no money in the bank.

Let me add a comment left after I first posted this article. Hat Tip to my dear friend Bryan Waits

“I would say they spend like drunken sailors but that would be an insult to drunken sailors because the sailors spend their own money!” 
Ronald Reagan in a speech speaking of Congress

Here is a  quick comparison of the current budget, known as the General Appropriations Act (GAA), the House’s engrossed version of the budget, and the Senate’s budget as reported from committee. Provided by James Quintero with the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Note: figures have been rounded where appropriate.

House vs. GAA

  • The House’s budget proposal would reduce All Funds appropriations by $17.8 B from their funding levels in the 2010-11 GAA;
  • The House’s budget proposal would reduce General Revenue (GR) appropriations by $3.1 B from their funding levels in the 2010-11 GAA;
  • The House’s budget proposal would reduce Federal Funds appropriations by $12.4 B;
  • As compared to the 2010-11 GAA, the House’s budget proposal would increase All Funds appropriations to two articles: Public Safety and Criminal Justice (+$198 M), and Business and Economic Development (+$59.1 M). Combined, the amounts appropriated in these two articles totals $257 M; and
  • As compared to the 2010-11 GAA, the House’s budget proposal would decrease All Funds appropriations to eight articles: General Government (–$442 M), Health and Human Services (–$5.6 B), Agencies of Education (–$5.7 B), The Judiciary (–$30 M), Natural Resources (–$349 M), Regulatory ($190 M), General Provisions (–$48 M), and The Legislature (–$41 M).

Senate vs. GAA

  • The Senate’s budget proposal would reduce All Funds appropriations by $5.8 B from their funding levels in the 2010-11 GAA;
  • The Senate’s budget proposal would increase GR appropriations by approximately $10 M;
  • The Senate’s proposed budget would reduce Federal Funds appropriations by $9.5 B;
  • As compared to the 2010-11 GAA, the Senate’s proposed budget would increase All Funds appropriations to four articles: General Government (+$73.6 M), Agencies of Education (+$833 M), Public Safety and Criminal Justice (+$936 M), and Business and Economic Development (+$3.4 B). Combined, the amounts appropriated in these four articles totals $5.2 B; and
  • As compared to the 2010-11 GAA, the Senate’s budget proposal would decrease All Funds appropriations to six articles: Health and Human Services (–$1.9 B), The Judiciary (–$39 M), Natural Resources (–$210), Regulatory (–$345 M), General Provisions (–$2.9 B), and The Legislature (–$13 M).

House vs. Senate

  • The Senate’s proposed budget appropriates $12 B more in All Funds as compared to the House’s proposed budget;
  • The Senate’s proposed budget appropriates $3.1 B more in GR as compared to the House’s proposed budget;
  • The House’s proposed budget appropriates $367 M more in General Revenue-Dedicated Funds as compared to the Senate’s proposed budget;
  • The Senate’s proposed budget appropriates $2.9 B more in Federal Funds as compared to the House’s proposed budget;
  • The Senate’s proposed budget appropriates $6.3 B in Other Funds as compared to the House’s proposed budget;
  • As compared to the House’s budget proposal, the Senate’s proposed budget would increase All Funds appropriations to seven articles: General Government (+$516 M), Health and Human Services (+$3.6 B), Agencies of Education (+$6.5 B), Public Safety and Criminal Justice (+$738 M), Natural Resources (+$138 M), Business and Economic Development (+$3.3 B), and The Legislature (+$28 M); and
  • As compared to the House’s budget proposal, the Senate’s proposed budget would decrease All Funds appropriations to three articles: The Judiciary (–$8 M), Regulatory (–$154 M), and General Provisions (–$2.8 B).
Interesting observation, these elected officials in  Austin seem to not understand that Americans and in particularly, Texans are waking up and they do not like what they see, from the budget to redistricting to immigration. Politicians seem  to think it is still the  “Good ole’ Boy system”  in Texas. I have a feeling they are going to be surprised that the Tea Party movement is onto their back room dealings and do not care what letter is beside their name. Just as my new Twitter friend Spencer states on his description …..

Voting is our salvation from ‘Peonage.’ Be Brave!


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About Alice Linahan

Alice Linahan is a Conservative, politically-active Texas Mom who has worked hard in the trenches of the Tea Party movement. As an active Real Estate blogger turned online newspaper owner, Alice launched Resolute Media Group along with two partners. It quickly grew into playing an integral part in holding politicians and the progressive/liberal media accountable by getting real stories out to Americans across the country using social media integration and Resolute Media’s “North Texas Navigator”. Now Alice has launched Voices to Action Consulting. Alice is working hard to train boots on the ground activists using social media techniques to get accurate information out to the passive majority of Americans. In addition she is working on projects at both the state and national level to save our Country from attacks from within our own borders. In addition I am currently on the Advisory Board for a new series of e-books by Harper-Collins entitled "Voices of the Tea Party". I have been published in such publications as Focus on the Family's Citizen Magazine and am board member of Women on the Wall, an organization working on building a safe and prosperous Texas for our children and grandchildren to thrive.
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2 Responses to Frustration in Texas; Republicans in the Majority and Still Spending like Drunken’ Sailors!

  1. You know…….. I’m really starting to loathe that phrase, “spending like drunken Sailors”. I was a Sailor for 20 years and I didn’t have a lot TO spend.

    How about we change it to, “spending like a woman with an unlimited credit card at the mall”??

  2. Kenneth Cole says:

    Sailors stop spending when they;re broke. Unlike the gov.

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