A certain chief arborist for the city
reminds: We've yet to mention today's Official Release of the Texas Legislative Study Group
's annual Texas on the Brink
report, which offers a harsh look at the state of the state. Emily Ramshaw sums up
(and mentions the House of Representatives' caucus, of which Fort Worth's Lon Burnam is vice chair and Rafael Anchía is secretary, is "liberal-leaning
"), but short story even shorter, says the intro:
In Texas today, the American dream is distant. Texas has the
highest percentage of uninsured children in the nation. Texas is dead last
in the percentage of residents with their high school diploma and near last
in SAT scores. Texas has America's dirtiest air. If we do not change course,
for the first time in our history, the Texas generation of tomorrow will be
less prosperous than the generation of today.
Without the courage to invest in the minds of our children and
steadfast support for great schools, we face a daunting prospect. Those
who value tax cuts over children and budget cuts over college have put
Texas at risk in her ability to compete and succeed.
Let us not forget that the business of Texas is Texans. To "Close the
Gap" in Texas, we must graduate more of our best and brightest with the
skills to succeed in a world based on knowledge. If we invest in our
greatest resource -- our children -- Texas will be the state of the future. If
we do not, Texas will only fall further behind.
That's just the warm-up act, before 27 pages' worth of stats.