NPT Capitol: A couple days later, Marquez blasts governor
News release just dropped into the NPT inbox with a quote from state Rep. Marisa Marquez:
“The decision of the Governor to put politics ahead of the interests of hard working Texas families who have been hit by this economy is cynical. Rejecting half a billion dollars in aid to make sure that people who want to work can get help transitioning in this economy is remarkably callous. Hopefully, the legislature will soon speak with one voice to go over the Governor’s head, accept the money, and do the right thing for the people of this state.”
This was her response to Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement last week rejecting unemployment aid from the federal government. Perry had argued the aid would require changes to the state’s system that would obligate the state in the future.
In contrast to Marquez, state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh was out of the chute almost immediately after the governor’s announcement Thursday, calling the governor’s actions “profoundly irresponsible” and arguing that “By October, over 300,000 Texans will be unemployed. Right now, we stand to gain $555 million to help Texas families who are unemployed in tough times.”
For more on the story, check out Ben Wright’s Capitol Roundup.
— Sito Negron