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Star-Telegram - Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts?

The 2014 -2015 State All Funding Spending via the General Appropriation Act or budget shows the greatest amount spent on Education is Texas’ history.  Approximately 37% of the $200 billion 2014 – 2015 Appropriation equates to $74billion.  Where’s your tax dollars going?  The problem is where to take money from?  What would you cut to fund something else?  We only have $100billion annually in taxation revenue.  Please take a look at the General Appropriations Act 2014-2015


As I have stated countless times in my Facebook page, and on my website. I am proud of the level of transparency the State of Texas strives for and will be proud to carry on the legacy. Before we can start cutting taxes, we first have to understand where the money is being spent.


Drawing on my experience as the Financial IT Systems Administrator for NASA, I will publish an easy to understand budget that follows graphically the organizational chart of the State of Texas. I will create an interactive system that shows the Biannual General Appropriations Act in a graphic flow chart by department and their inter-connectivity. It will be something along the lines of what my friends at Time-plots Information Graphics Products produces.


Recently on my web portal I posted a Pie chart that encompasses the entire Texas General Appropriations for all funds, for 2014 & 2015 because of the level of misdirection and misleading comments. I was actually questioned by people upon posting to site my source for the graph because they believe education had been cut and teachers were going to get fired and schools would close, because that's what they were told. Meanwhile they had no idea that public education in in Texas is over 1/3 of the entire budget. If we don't know what we are spending our money on, how can we know what we can cut or do without?

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