Austin, TX -- Today, the 85th Texas State Legislature gavels into session. Over next 140 days, the challenges facing the Texas Legislature could not be more serious.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“In the face of the challenges ahead, Texans can count on one thing: our Democratic champions are fighting for your family to get ahead, because we believe that everybody deserves respect and a fair shot. That is our promise. That is what drives everything we do.
“The 85th Texas Legislative Session to-do list is not short. Children are in overcrowded classrooms. College is out of reach for many and student loan debt is bankrupting a generation. Healthcare, for those lucky to have it, is facing chaos. The foster care system is in crisis and kids are dying. The most essential state services will be slashed by billions if Republicans have their way, and our economy has taken a dive from 3rd to 21st under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. All the while, folks are stuck in traffic. Legislators have their work cut out for them.
“There will be no shortage of rhetoric this legislative session, but Texans will see through it. Trump Republicans are in it for themselves, while kids and workers fall victim to red meat distractions.
“When it's all said and done, Texans should ask themselves one question: Did the Legislature respect my fair shot to get ahead?”
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