Now Morales takes WorldPeace's teacher raise issue
Well, here we go again. Dan Morales has dipped into WorldPeace's web page again.
Now it is the teacher raises. I think Dan's campaign is going down down down.
Well, we all know where the teacher raise issue came from.
Dan has taken his entire campaign from WorldPeace's web page. Last Friday he backed out of speaking just Spanish in the debates and plugged in some Spanglish for the White folks. Too late Dan. You already showed your cards. I told you that the White and Blacks would hate you and Tony for speaking Spanish on TV.
Dan Morales is a joke. Tony Sanchez is a joke and a proven dud.
Dan is stealing my issues faster than a speeding bullet and Tony Sanchez can't figure out why millions of dollars can't get people to vote for a horse apple.
Hear this! The Whites are sick of this Hispanic crud. No way they are going to vote for two corrupt Hispanics who both refused to campaign until this year. No way they are going to allow the worst examples of Hispanic culture to head the Democratic Party. The debates ended the Hispanic dream and the rainbow ticket. I TOLD YOU SO.
Not only are the White Democrats and Black Democrats who have any sense going to vote for WorldPeace, a slew of Republican women are going to vote in the Democratic Primary for WorldPeace because of his commitment to give half his appointments to women.
Tony's wife is a housewife and Dan's is an ex-stripper. Both relationships have sent a very strong message to women in Texas as to what they can expect from Tony and Dan: domination and exploitation. Hey Dan, you can't justify your wife's past without condoning the exploitation of women as strippers. Duh. This is the 21st century Dan and Tony. Tony is still living in the 17th century.
On the other hand, WorldPeace has never failed to acknowledge his wife at any event. Only a man who honors his wife can respect women's rights. Only a man who esteems his wife can demand that women have parity with men in society. Only a man who understands how a good woman complements and completes him can shout out loud that until women assume an equal place in society we will never have a whole society. And I have been advocating this for 14 years; every since I changed my name.
Dan and Tony are arrogant buttheads that are discredits to their race. They are both wooden headed chauvinist who will never honor and respect women much less advocate a position of equality for women in society.
Flush the toilet and get on the WorldPeace train.
In the end, WorldPeace
The next governor of Texas
No more corruption. No more Monicas.
God Bless Texas
March 4, 2002
Teacher pay raises proposed
Morales would consider tax hike; Sanchez hopes to find money in budget
AUSTIN – Democratic candidate for governor Dan Morales vowed Monday to give Texas teachers a pay raise, even if it means new taxes.
"It's time that Texas begins treating teachers like the professionals they are," he said after dropping his children off at school in Austin.
He said state lawmakers should rethink a failed proposal pushed by former Gov. George W. Bush that would lower the amount of property taxes Texans pay and increase taxes in other areas, such as on businesses. That would devote more state money to public education, he said.
If there isn't enough money in the budget to fund teacher raises, Mr. Morales said, he would be willing to support a tax increase.
Tony Sanchez, the other leading Democratic contender in the March 12 primary, said he also supports higher teacher salaries but criticized the Morales pledge as "irresponsible" for not first looking elsewhere for the money.
Mr. Sanchez said he believes he could find money for teacher raises and other educational improvements without raising taxes.
Texas public-school teachers have long earned salaries below the national average, contributing to a teacher shortage of more than 30,000, with most of the vacancies in subjects such as math and science.
Texas teachers earn an average of $38,000 a year, about $3,000 less than the national average.
Mr. Morales, a former attorney general, said he would bring Texas teachers up to the same pay level as their national counterparts or higher.
"Texans are willing to invest in a top-quality public education system," Mr. Morales said. "We have no higher priority."
John Cole, president of the Texas Federation of Teachers, welcomed the pledge.
"Thank God for elections. Every election period, our public officials get religion as far as education is concerned," he said.
"Teachers know enough to take all these campaign promises with a grain of salt. Certainly tax increases are appropriate. Teachers are paid out of tax dollars – that's where the money comes from."
His group is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, which has endorsed Mr. Sanchez in the primary. The Texas State Teachers Association also has endorsed the Laredo businessman.
Mr. Sanchez, who has discussed overhauling the education system, has said he will take new taxes off the table.
After speaking to students at Claude Cunningham Middle School in Corpus Christi, he told reporters that in a $114 billion two-year state budget, he could trim enough inefficient and wasteful spending to be used on education without raising taxes.
"Dan Morales is irresponsible talking about raising people's taxes before we thoroughly understand the budget," Mr. Sanchez said. "I would take out whatever we find and direct it to teachers and the children."
Mr. Morales said he believed the state could continue funding teachers' health insurance and find money for a pay raise.
The last teacher raise came in the two-year state budget drafted in 1999. Last year, lawmakers passed a health insurance plan for 600,000 teachers and other public school employees.
GOP Gov. Rick Perry, who is running unopposed, also has promised in his campaign to improve education.
School finance is expected to be a major issued in the 2003 legislative session.
In Texas, where there is neither a statewide property tax nor personal income tax, public schools are funded primarily with local property taxes and state and federal money.
Many school districts have reached a state-mandated property tax cap, meaning residents are paying high local taxes as schools struggle for funding. Some property-wealthy districts also say they are sending too much funding to poorer districts under the state's share-the-wealth system.