Real Reason Dewhurst Lost Election

RECEIVED Tue., Aug. 7, 2012

Dear Editor,
    Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost his primary election for senator, to replace the retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison [Ted Cruz won the nomination]. Now, in retrospect, Dewhurst said he should have explained to Texans that taxes in the state are low with a record of low spending.
    What state has Dewhurst been living in? In Texas, the state has increased many fees and penalties.
    Furthermore, Texas has built, maintained, and approved more toll roads. (What are tolls if not new taxes?)
    In addition, the state of Texas, aka Gov. Rick Perry and the Legislature, have diverted their state constitutional responsibility onto local city and county governments to provide the financing for a quality public education for Texas children. Consequently, property taxes have steadily increased to meet the costs that the state has refused to pay. The governor and legislators have taken Texas tax dollars and diverted them to their special interest whims and lobbies.
    Several years ago Gov. Perry called for six special sessions under the guise of developing a redistricting map. The special sessions cost taxpayers more than $6 million. Is that part of the low spending Dewhurst is talking about?
    Perry and Dewhurst have permitted all this and have ensured that Texans now have dust and cobwebs in their wallets where once dollars thrived. Maybe that's the real reason Dewhurst lost the election.
Peter Stern
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