Thursday, August 04, 2011
Read the following editorial from the yesterday's edition of The Dallas Morning News and explain how this could happen. I'll be contacting my state legislators.
As a non-profit executive, if I authorized the use of designated or restricted funds for a use not specified in the grant, award, contribution or contract to fund our work at CitySquare, I would be in big trouble with my Board, with the source of the funding and with the community. At a minimum, I would be required to return the funds to their source.
But for elected officials in Texas I suppose all you need to do is make up a new set of rules. And, as usual, those who suffer the most and the most directly are the weakest, the most vulnerable, the poorest. I'm listening for people of faith and fairness to rise up and put a stop to this sort of shameful behavior.
As you'll read below, this is not the only program that gets cut by administrative policy and legislative slight of hand. What makes this move so abhorent right now, beyond the obvious misdirection of funds, is the horrific heat wave that assaults the state. Lives are at stake here, literally.
Things need to change in this state. and in a big way.
Here's my reaction: SHAMEFUL!
Editorial: Texans should be steamed about lawmakers' money tricks
When this month’s power bill arrives — the one pricier than your car payment — you probably won’t even notice the modest fee tacked on to help the poor and elderly keep their air conditioners on.
Six million Texas power customers pay a little each month to fund a program that provides utility-bill assistance to those who otherwise couldn’t afford to stay cool. An extra buck or so on your bill isn’t much to ask. And when it’s so hot that it feels like the sun might melt the hair off your head, who could argue with helping others survive the summer?
Texas lawmakers, apparently.
Read the entire editorial here.
For an earlier full report on the issue you may want to click here.