The Truth About Texas Republicans and Working Families

SCDP_perryandcruz_v2This weekend Republican presidential candidates campaigned at our Statehouse trying to make the case that they are the party for families when nothing could be further from the truth.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz opposes raising the minimum wage, the Paycheck Fairness Act and other proposals that would help grow our economy and create opportunity for working families.

Affordable post-secondary education is key to climbing the economic ladder, but Senator Cruz wants to get rid of the Department of Education and voted against legislation that would help people with college loans refinance at a lower rate, making it harder to save to buy a house or start a family.

Like Senator Cruz, Governor Rick Perry also supports policies that leave middle class families behind. Governor Perry created two states within the state of Texas, one for the wealthiest and well connected and the other for the working families who had to live with his policies.

Despite Texas having one of the highest uninsured rates, Governor Perry refused to expand Medicaid, which would have given hundreds of thousands of Texans more access to quality affordable healthcare.

As working families save to send their children to college, Governor Perry slashed billions from education funding in Texas and college tuition rates in by 55% since 2003, putting the dream of earning a college degree further out of reach for many Texans looking to build the American Dream.

Governor Perry has given away billions in tax breaks for businesses but repeatedly opposed policies that would help working parents. He opposed pay equity for women and doesn’t support raising the minimum wage. Governor Perry even said he didn’t think there should be a federal minimum wage!

Its clear Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Rick Perry are willing to run over working families to help businesses and corporations get ahead.

Source: SCDP

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