The Annie E Casey Foundation released rankings with regards to a child's well-being and, unfortunately, Texas ranked 34th out of 50 states. That's a devastating indictment against the policies that career politicians like Rick Perry, and Republicans in the legislature, have championed for more than a decade. Texas' most vulnerable citizens, our children, have been left behind by the GOP.
According to the foundations report, the following statistics represent the condition of Texas children:
- 23% of Texas children live in poverty conditions
- Texas ranks 48th in teen births
- 1/3 of Texas children, 33%, grow up in single parent homes
Don't you think it's time, particularly at a period when Texas Government has a conservative estimate of an $18 billion dollar shortfall facing the next legislative session, that we elect leaders who care about Texas's future? Most importantly what about electing leaders who care about Texas children? The two are synonymous with opportunity, growth, and long-term success.
We have had one-party domination of the governor's mansion since 1994. One Party has been in charge while these statistics continued to worsen. In a Republican legislative budget with an $18 billion dollar shortfall, how much worse will the lives of Texas children continue and get when more services will be cut? It's a fair question and most certainly a fair assessment of who one should vote for in November.