In the midst of some pretty dramatic play dueling, I heard my 4 year old yell, "Stop dying!" at his older brother who lay sprawled on the ground with his tongue dramatically jutting out of his mouth. "Well, then stop killing me!" his older brother retorted.
I imagine this must be how Texas schools and public service providers feel right about now. The sword-wielder in this case would be the many members of the Texas legislature who like to pretend they can slash without consequences.
Most of us don't know where our tax dollars go. In polls, taxpayers guess wildly off the mark about how their tax dollars are spent. Although the White House just started offering an itemized receipt for each tax filer's contribution to Uncle Sam, there isn't one big agency to explain all your taxes—federal, state, and local. We set out to remedy that, with a little analysis of where your tax dollars go and roughly what portion gets allocated to children.
Psst. You. Yes, you, the state with all the bluebonnets and longhorns. I've got a deal for you, Texas. Rumor has it, you're a little short of cash, is that right? Twenty-something billion, you say? Well, I might have just the thing…
But I'm here to tell you, our finance people took a look at your situation, and they figured out you could be saving money. Right now, your kid troubles represent a lot of lost potential, and that is costing you big time.
What would you say if I told you, you could start saving $25.5 billion per year, just by making things better for kids?
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