This is related to the Constitutional Requirement for each state to redraw / re-apportion their US House Districts every 10 years with respect to the latest census. This year, Texas will receive four (4) additional seats and this forces a redraw of many districts. Due to this effort being delayed until the very end of the legislative session, options will be limited, and the map must apparently be drawn up in the TX Senate and approved by the TX House. According to the urgent e-mail from Phil Kink below, they are trying to remove us from our current US House District with Kay Granger and actually split our District. The proposed map would move the southern half of Parker County into a very gerrymandered district all the way down to Austin (very Liberal), and the northern half of Parker county will go into a gerrymandered district all the way up to Amarillo (Moderate). The effect of this action will be to dilute our effective voice in the US House as a conservative County, which is probably intentional. Continue reading →
Austin – Last week State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) cast a vote to cut all State Representatives’ office operating budgets immediately by 10% and 14% effective in June of 2011. King’s vote helped HR 3, the Housekeeping Resolution for the House of Representatives pass. The vote came in light of the Texas Comptroller’s announcement last week that the state would face an estimated $27 Billion budget shortfall for the 2012-2013 biennium.
“The Governor and the legislature have asked all state agencies to find areas where they can cut the fat out of their budgets to help meet the shortfall,” King stated, “It would be utter hypocrisy for us to ask other agencies to cut their budgets and not do the same for ourselves. We must all work together and do our part to help slash the budget in order to meet the shortfall and not raise taxes.”
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Against the backdrop of the White House Jobs Summit being held today, State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) called for a smarter, limited government approach to job creation that is a proven alternative to federal “stimulus” spending and intervention in the private sector economy.
Although Texas remains better off economically than the rest of the nation, the most recent unemployment figures illustrate the imperative for a targeted and responsible state-level plan to grow the economy and create jobs.
King stated, “We know that the federal stimulus package has failed. The national unemployment rate now stands above 10 percent and each job purportedly ‘saved or created’ has cost taxpayers $250,000. If President Obama wants ideas on how to get the economy back on a sound footing, he should look to Texas.”
Fast forward to 2009, President Barack Obama is giving a speech to elementary school children next week, supposedly about encouraging them to stay in school. After hearing the speech, teachers have been encouraged to have their students “write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.”
How far have we fallen from a President encouraging us to service to our country and each other, to a President who is asking our school children to contemplate how they can help HIM!? My how times have changed.
State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford)
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