REP. SPRINGER COMMENDED BY GOVERNOR ABBOTT FOR PRO-LIFE INITIATIVE

Austin, TX-- This week, Governor Abbott officially recognized Rep. Drew Springer to re-introduce his legislation in the special session to prohibit local and state governments from providing taxpayer funds to abortion providers. This legislation, originally filed in the regular 85th Session as HB 1936, closes the local loophole indefinitely and will prevent cities and the state from funding any organizations that perform abortion services with taxpayer dollars. 

State funding for abortion providers was voluntarily withdrawn from the state budget in 2013, however, there is no legal boundary to prevent local governmental entities from contributing to abortion services in the future. Currently, cities such as Austin purchase or build multi-million dollar buildings with taxpayer money then lease them out at little to no cost to organizations such as Planned Parenthood

"We have a responsibility to defend the lives of those that cannot speak for themselves," said Rep. Springer. "Removing taxpayer dollars from abortion providers is a major step in ensuring that we can protect the sanctity of life and end abortion practices once and for all. I am proud to take the lead on this issue in the Texas House."

This bill is a critical component of Governor's Abbott's LIFE Initiative and is 1 of only 20 items listed by the governor for the special session. Sen. Charles Schwertner will sponsor this bill in the Texas Senate.

Rep. Springer encourages anyone with questions or concerns about this bill to contact him directly at District68.Springer@house.texas.gov. 

REP. DREW SPRINGER ASKS GOVERNOR TO ADDRESS SCHOOL FINANCE FOR RURAL SCHOOLS

Austin, TX-- Today, Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott requesting that the special session call be expanded to address funding for small, rural school districts. As a representative of 22 rural counties in north and west Texas, Rep. Springer is well-aware of the devastating effects that the funding shortfall will have on small school districts and has stressed the need to continue funding for these schools. The letter was also signed by Rep. Ken King, Rep. Dustin Burrows, Rep. Poncho Nevarez, and Rep. Ryan Guillen.

When asked about his letter the representative responded, "The reality of the situation is that with the loss of funding several of our small, rural school districts are being forced to close their doors or provide a lesser quality of education than the majority of other schools around the state. A few of these districts serve an entire county and it is impractical to force them to close, only to bus those students over an hour away to another ISD in another county. We owe it to the children of Texas to ensure that these schools stay open and that the state doesn't overlook our rural communities."

This past session, both the House and the Senate offered legislative fixes to compensate for the expiration of Additional State Aid for Tax Relief (ASATR) funding for public education (effective September 1, 2017). Unfortunately, due to differences between chambers the legislature was unable to pass these measures. This ultimately sends small school districts, especially those that are the only providers of public education for a county, barreling toward a fiscal cliff. Currently, in Texas, there are twelve school districts that are the only district operating a campus in an entire county, eight of which will experience cuts from four percent to as much as forty-three percent in their Maintenance & Operation (M&O) revenue per average daily attendance.

Rep. Springer is hopeful that these schools can be helped in the Special Session beginning July 18th and encourages any constituents of HD 68 with questions or concerns to contact him directly at District68.Springer@house.texas.gov.

 

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