Texas faces an $18 billion deficit, and it is likely that some painful cuts will fall on the state's most vulnerable -- as if this state's services for the aged and those with disabilities and special health care needs weren't already starved for resources.
Here's what could be lost, simply assuming the across-the-board 10 percent cut ordered by Gov. Perry:
Community Mental Health Services = $80 million
State Mental Health Hospital Services = $44 million
Children with Special Health Care Needs = $24 million
EMS Trauma = $23 million
Mental Health Crisis/Transitional Services = $10 million
Primary Care = $9 million
Immunizations = $8 million
Some of the beautiful people in Austin who remind the legislators to have a heart, and be smart, with our money, have organized a rally on the north steps of the capitol for 1 p.m. Sept. 1. For more information, call Dennis Borel or Chase Bearden at 512-478-3366 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.