Consider just in the area of nutrition:
- Out of over 300,000 eligible Dallas area children, < 9% receive the benefits of the Texas Summer Lunch Program.
- Only 41% of eligible families receive the benefits afforded by SNAP (the Texas Food Stamp program).
- Vendors prepare and sell those summer meals, putting money into our local economy, creating jobs and supporting business services.
- Dallas County loses an estimated $500,000,000 annually in retail groceries sales because of our inability or unwillingness to register everyone who is eligible for SNAP, funds lost to local businesses.
Bad, unconcerned policy translates to terrible business outcomes.
When will we wake up in Texas and make sure that Texas tax dollars stay or return to Texas in ways that benefit those in need of a lift, as well as those driving our local economy.
What affects one sector, affects all sectors.