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Speak up for investments, foster kids & safety!
Texans Care for Children

April, 2013

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Dear texas,
As Texas grows, we need to pay attention to whether Texans have a safe, secure, and healthy future. Texans Care for Children is part of Texas Forward, a broad-based coalition advocating for public investments to improve people’s lives, and I am proud to serve as the coalition's chair. We believe all Texans deserve quality education, access to health care, and the opportunity to reach their full potential. This session, the state legislature has enough available revenue and Rainy Day Fund money to restore funding to state services to pre-recession levels, yet state leaders continue to pit education and health care against each other.
The problem is not Medicaid, public education, or any other essential public service; the problem is the priorities of state leadership. This week, we'll be rallying at the Capitol to urge the Legislature to fully invest in our future. If you can make it out on Wednesday, April 10th, please join us at the rally. If you can't, please sign this petition that tells state leaders not to drag schools OR health care backwards. We need a real plan to meet the needs of Texans and invest in future generations!
Thank you,
Eileen Garcia
Chief Executive Officer
Texans Care for Children
Call House lawmakers about giving foster youth a voice in decisions about their lives!
Courts make big decisions about what happens to foster children. That's why the law requires giving their caregivers and attorneys notice when a court hearing is set. The kids themselves are often expected to be there, but they don't get the same notice or time to prepare. HB 843 (Lucio), a bill to give a voice to foster children aged 10 and older in court, goes before the House Human Services Committee tomorrow. 
Please call or email these committee members to say: "Support HB 843, a bill that helps foster kids in court."
Lawmakers also need to hear about making roads safer for kids who walk or bicycle!

Making physical activity safe and convenient improves childhood health. HB 1102, set for a hearing tomorrow, supports "complete streets," which are roads designed for the safety of all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. The National Institutes of Medicine recommends complete streets for fighting obesity and promoting health and the bill says, when roads are built or repaired, things like sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes should be included.
Contact these House Transportation Committee members to say: "Please support HB 1102 in committee so Texas has safe complete streets."
Have you let your representatives know you want them to support extending Medicaid to low-income families?
To meet a family you would be helping, watch our video about Alexandria Garza, a Texan mom who was uninsured when she got diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition.
Thank you for taking action now!
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