Hot Seat conversation at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg on 1/24, state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and state Reps. Veronica Gonzales, D-McAllen, and Aaron Peña, R-Edinburg, discussed cuts to public education, redistricting and other by-products of the 82nd Legislative Session.
The conversation deals with policies that are Good for Representative Democracy—Tea Party– but bad for the state economy and the valley residents. Education is important in the valley since most young Mexican-American go to community colleges and about 50% of K-12 students in Texas are Latinos.
The other issues are the effect of the Tea Party in policies targeting the Valley. All agreed that the policies are bad for the valley but no appetite to raise taxes and since the majority of voters. Voter ID, sanctuary city, Secure Communities.
Although Republican Aron Pena argued that the policies/programs cut from the budget were detrimental to the resident of the south Texas, he correctly points out it was what the majority of voters in Texas who wanted this polices—Representative Democracy. So while Ms. Gonzalez and Mr. Hinojosa blame the Tea party for pushing Policies that hurt the Valley, Mr. Pena argues that it was Good for democracy but bad for the state economy. Blaming Rick Perry alone is not the solution.
Essentially, If Mexican-Americans in the Valley want to have more power in the legislature, they need to vote more. Otherwise, education programs will continue to be targets of Tea Partiers in the state. Only by Voting Latinos can enhance their power and minimize the Tea vote.
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