Commentary on: Kiah Collier’s article Multiple Lawsuits Could Spell Budget Doomsday for State

Our children are everyone’s responsibility, whether they are ours, our neighbors, or an unknown face in the community.  Their future and their very lives are a direct result of the priority we place on their well-being.  Do our children deserve a chance at a life safe from abuse whether in their home or in the home of someone else?  Are they worth taking the time to advocate for Legislation on their behalf?  Are they worth following up to ascertain approval of necessary funding?  

It seems that efforts to assist our children tend to get bogged down or cut due to budgetary concerns.   Currently two of three lawsuits against the state facing the Texas Supreme Court involve our children.  Education is important; however, our children cannot reach their potential to learn when their primary focus is on learning techniques and tactics to survive.  Whether in their own home or in someone else’s our children have the right to a safe environment.

More importantly, why is it that two of the three issues struggling for attention and funding involve our children?  If anyone has the time they might consider taking on some research to determine which major budget issues were approved without this type of struggle.  Who benefitted?    

Kiah Collier’s article presents some facts about these two issues and how others tie could affect the state’s budget.  If either of these items concerns you it might be a good idea to keep an eye on the lawsuits and the following legislation sessions.  Here are the opening paragraphs from Colliers article and a link to the full article. JDP

Multiple Lawsuits Could Spell Budget Doomsday for State by Kiah Collier

Last week, lawyers for the state of Texas got the latest in a string of bad legal news.

A lawsuit challenging the state’s foster care system as inhumane appeared to gain steam when an appeals court rejected the state’s request to stop the appointment of two “special masters” to recommend reforms.

The overhauls that have been discussed so far would be pricey to implement — as much as $100 million per year, according to rough estimates from the state comptroller’s office. But they actually are on the lower end of all the extraordinary legal expenses the state is facing at a time when stubbornly low oil prices are simultaneously threatening to blunt its coffers.

http://www.texastribune.org/2016/03/31/lawsuits-oil-prices-could-spell-budget-doomsday/

Collier, Kiah. “Multiple Lawsuits Could Spell Budget Doomsday for State.” Texastribune.org. N.p., 31 Mar. 2016. Web. 1 Apr. 2016.

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