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SENATOR SHAPLEIGH RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR RICK PERRY'S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
January 27, 2009

"One in five Texas children are uninsured; tuition at UTEP has risen 73 percent; tax cuts for the wealthy have hurt public schools, forcing them to cut key programs. Around Texas, from Houston to Dallas to El Paso, we share the nation's dirtiest air. Texas is number one in dropouts and number 46 in SATs. When Rick Perry values tax cuts for the wealthy over investments in our future, Texas loses. Now is the time for change in Austin."

Written by Senator Eliot Shapleigh, www.shapleigh.org

On Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 10 a.m. MST, Governor Rick Perry delivered his biennial State of the State Address to a joint session of the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate in the House Chamber in Austin.

Senator Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso) issued the following statement in response to the Governor's Address:

"One in five Texas children are uninsured; tuition at UTEP has risen 73 percent; tax cuts for the wealthy have hurt public schools, forcing them to cut key programs. Around Texas, from Houston to Dallas to El Paso, we share the nation's dirtiest air. Texas is number one in dropouts and number 46 in SATs. When Rick Perry values tax cuts for the wealthy over investments in our future, Texas loses. Now is the time for change in Austin."

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