FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2011
Contact: Peter Clark
Phone: 512-463-0532 (o), Email: Peter.Clark@house.state.tx.us
Villarreal Calls on Governor to Stop Distracting and Start Taking Responsibility
Austin - Today Rep. Mike Villarreal expressed his dismay and concern about Governor Rick Perry's official proclamation giving emergency status to divisive immigration legislation.
This rare first-day move by the Governor allows the Legislature to take up immigration within the first 60 days of the legislative session. The decision to put immigration legislation on the front burner ignores the true emergency faced by the Texas Legislature - the $27 billion shortfall announced by Comptroller Susan Combs the day before the session opened.
"Once again, the Governor demonstrates that he is a masterful politician." said Rep. Villarreal. "Just when the public begins to learn that the state's financial crisis is worse than California's, he distracts us with a controversial issue that ultimately cannot be resolved by the state."
"Texans deserve a state government that puts responsible governance over scoring political points," Rep. Villarreal said. "Doesn't he know the election is over? He won. Now it's time for him take responsibility for our schools, our jobs, and the financial crisis he helped create."