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More Prop 1 News, and final STOP THE BLEEDING Rally and Poll Working last day of early voting

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BREAKING NEWS! St. David’s calls Prop 1 “Shell Game”; Media Reports, TV debates

JOIN THE BI-PARTISAN effort to defeat Prop 1!

The Prop 1 campaign is a contest between Republicans and Democrats seeking profit from higher property taxes, versus Republicans and Democrats (and Libertarians) who pay the taxes.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, there is big news with St. David’s breaking ranks and now opposing Prop 1.  St. David’s CEO correctly labels property tax increase and private/public cost shifting, to primarily benefit Seton, “a shell game”:

St. Davids Healthcare Objects to Prop 1

Roger Falk, TCTU Analyst and Communications Director, debated former Austin Mayor Carol Strayhorn:

FOX 7 TV Debate: TCTU’s Roger Falk vs. Carol Strayhorn Clip

Also, the lawsuit against illegal Proposition 1 Ballot Language has been amended, and a phone conference is scheduled for Friday at 2:00 PM; we hope to get a HEARING scheduled at that 2 PM conference.

KUT news story on VRA lawsuit against illegal/promotional Prop 1 Ballot Language

 

Please contribute TODAY – we have a real chance to DEFEAT PROP 1 and assert fiscal sanity against out of control politicians and bureaucrats…  $100 buys a 30 second spot for our TV ad!

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TCTU Prop 1 Opposition in News – PLUS, TV ad campaign, and Yard Signs!

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!  Please CONTRIBUTE today so we can spread the TRUTH on Prop 1. We are the taxpayer’s “David”.  We’re fighting a special interest political Goliath that misleads voters on Prop 1!

 

For those who missed our Press Conference/Rally, please review these reports!

KEYE:

http://www.keyetv.com/news/top-stories/stories/austin-group-protests-against-medical-school-tax-4825.shtml

FOX 7:

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/19857405/prop-1-supporters-launch-ad-campaign

YNN:

http://austin.ynn.com/content/local_news/288877/tax-dollars-point-of-contention-in-prop-1-discussion

KVUE

http://www.kvue.com/video/featured-videos/Heated-debate-growing-over-Prop-1-175069291.html

 

ALERT!  TCTU is running this TV ad and we’re asking for SPAC Donations to expand the ad to all stations in more news time slots:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjgw67u2LHc

 

Please donate TODAY:

 http://www.tctunion.com/?page_id=57

 

YARD SIGNS ARE AVAILABLE if you call these people, closest to your area.

US183 and Oak Knoll area:   Mark Wallace, 335-4399

Parmer Lane and McNeil:   Scott Prevratil, 249-9021

US183 & Mopac / Arboretum area:   Larry Garrett, 346-9735

RR 620 and 2222 area:   Carla Robertson, 258-2321

South Austin,:  Barbara Collins,  291-0426

 

Best regards, Don Zimmerman 577-8842

 

 

 

 

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PRESS ADVISORY – Coalition of Austin Groups Rally against Prop 1: Oct. 18th, 11:30AM

PRESS/MEDIA ADVISORY – Coalition of Austin Groups, Citizens Oppose Proposition 1

WHAT: Press Conference of coalition of citizens opposing Proposition 1, the 63% property tax rate increase for Med School and other expansions of bureaucratically controlled healthcare.

WHEN: Thurs., Oct 18th (2012), 11:30 AM

WHERE: 2323 South Lamar at Bluebonnet (parking lot at corner)

WHY: Individuals are available to media for questions/comments.

Release October 18th, 2012 7:00 AM

Austin, TX — For years Austin and Travis County have passed bonds and tax increases while not delivering on the promised benefits to the community nor giving full disclosure.

Groups uniting against Proposition 1, the Medical School Tax, include Texans for Accountable Government, Travis County Taxpayer Union, former City Council candidates and individual citizen activists.

Speakers will include former City Council candidate Dr. Laura Pressley, former Mayoral candidate Clay Dafoe, natural remedies advocate Juanita Stiles, citizen activist Robert Morrow, former City Council candidate Shaun Ireland and Travis County Taxpayers Union Treasurer Don Zimmerman.

Texans for Accountable Government member and former Mayoral candidate Clay Dafoe believes that, “The ‘med school’ tax is another egregious instance of using local government force taxpayers to subsidize elite corporate interests. This atrocity against our citizens will economically hurt families and small businesses.”

Don Zimmerman, Treasurer of the Travis County Taxpayers Union SPAC, commented that,
“HealthyATX.org may have spent over $100,000 on a non-disclosed ‘study’ claiming exaggerated jobs and economic growth from a poorly-defined Medical Center plan, along with mail and media propaganda citing the study, to advance Kirk Watson’s multi-billion dollar scheme tied to Prop 1’s 63% tax increase.” Zimmerman adds, “By using all the talking points of Prop 1, but omitting ‘Vote for Prop 1’, they are skirting campaign finance laws which require disclosure. We now ask for disclosure”.

Citizen of northwest Austin Sharon Blythe adds that, “I would be opposed to any new tax increase for anything in Austin because I am going to be forced to move out of the city because my property taxes and utility bills are going up. “

Likewise, TCTU media liaison Roger Falk describes the proposition as a “smoke screen for a tax grab that will help to fund the empire of Central Health. Because the smoke screen is that they have misled
the voters in Travis County to believe that implementing the proposition will buy a medical school, bring 15,000 jobs and $2,000,000,000.00 to Travis County. It is all a big lie.”

WHAT: Press Conference of coalition of citizens opposing Proposition 1, the 63% property tax rate increase for Med School and other expansions of bureaucratically controlled healthcare.

WHEN: Thurs., Oct 18th (2012), 11:30 AM

WHERE: 2323 South Lamar at Bluebonnet (parking lot at corner)

WHY: Individuals are available to media for questions/comments.

*FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact:

Clay Dafoe, Texans for Accountable Government, (512) 767-4043

Don Zimmerman, Travis County Taxpayers Union, (512) 577-8842

www.TCTunion.com

 

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RSVP for Forum on Prop 1, Wed. Oct. 10th, noon luncheon – yard signs available

NOTE:  We expect to have yard signs against Prop 1 at this Wednesday, Oct 10th Forum – please RSVP today.

The Travis County Taxpayers Union SPAC has asked Dr. David Berry, a practicing Oby-Gyn with a high-risk pregnancy specialty business in Austin, to argue against Prop 1. The Keep Austin Healthy SPAC has asked Ryan Downton, an attorney and former Republican HD-47 Candidate, to argue for Prop 1. Each speaker will submit three questions in advance, and the moderator will determine other details of the forum’s format. The event is open to the public; RSVPs must be received for those who would like to have lunch at the forum.

NOTE: We need an accurate RSVP count to prepare lunch. Lunch is $11 for RFC-TC members, and $15 for non-members. You may attend WITHOUT eating lunch – if you want to RSVP and NOT have lunch please indicate so.

WHAT: Forum/debate, for and against the Travis County Prop 1 63% property tax increase

WHEN: Wed., Oct 10th: doors open at 11:30, program begins at 12:15, ends promptly at 1 PM.

WHERE: Steiner Ranch Steakhouse, off RR 620 up the hill from the Lake Travis dam.

WHY: Learn more about the significant tax increase and new government spending it will leverage, and be an informed voter. Forum presenters will be available for media questions and comments.

For more information and for RSVPs: Contact Jeffry Lane, vp.membership@rfc-tc.org, (512) 981-7519

Event moderator: Mary Ann Roser, Statesman medical reporter, maroser@statesman.com, 512-445-3619

www.TCTunion.com

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Physicians join TCTU opposing Prop 1’s unnecessary tax increase for med school

PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 3, 2012

A concerned group of Travis County community members, including numerous locally-renowned physicians, have joined the Travis County Taxpayer Union in publicly denouncing Proposition 1.  David L. Berry M.D., David T. Butler, M.D., Mark D. Akin, M.D., Paul S. Bushart, M.D., and numerous other physicians, who wish to remain anonymous, staunchly oppose Proposition 1, an effective “triple-tax” to the Travis County taxpayers by increasing federal, state and county spending.

Proposition 1 was designed and is being sold as the solution for affordable health care for the citizens of Travis County by increasing property taxes through the already-established Travis County Hospital District.  This $4.1 billion medical school project has been touted as a boon to Austin’s economy which will, supposedly, increase access to healthcare and prevent a shortage of physicians in the future.  In fact, this new tax will support further bureaucratic spending and increase the bloodletting of the taxpayer by incrementally and unfairly placing the burden of a state-sponsored medical school with unneeded, local taxpayer dollars.  Any additional jobs would be temporary or governmental in their very nature.  Additionally, the rush for federal “matching funds” ties Travis County to the ever-increasing national debt.

Responsible leadership mandates responsible management of our tax dollars.  In a time of increasing assessed values of property, increased water and electrical utility costs, inflation of consumable goods, increased gas prices and looming default of municipalities and counties nationwide due to unrestrained spending, enough is enough.  Travis County property owners are exhausted from the endless “investments in the future” which have never paid off.

Although the members of the Union are not strictly opposed to a medical school in Austin, we agree that Travis County should not be in the business of doling out hard-earned taxpayer income and thereby disproportionally paying into a losing investment.

Let the private investors, philanthropists and multi-billion dollar institutions and the State of Texas invest in the future of one more medical school.  Leave Travis County’s citizens out.

NOTE:  Dr. David Berry will present the case against Proposition 1 at the Wed., Oct. 10th noon Forum on Prop 1 at the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse.

For more information, contact
ROGER FALK, 512-258-5953, roger.falk@yahoo.com, TCTU Advisor and Analyst
Don Zimmerman, 512-577-8842, don@TCTunion.com, TCTU SPAC Treasurer


The Travis County Taxpayers Union, www.TCTunion.com, was created in 2012 to represent the political interest of Travis County taxpayers.

 

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Prop 1 “healthcare” 63% Tax Rate Increase is Unnecessary, Too Costly

http://www.statesman.com/opinion/zimmerman-falk-say-no-to-a-medical-school-2465807.html

[The following article was submitted to the Statesman, which made several omissions from the original]

UNNECESSARY AND TOO COSTLY

Most Austinites agree that a modern city like ours should facilitate a healthcare safety net for indigent citizens. A century ago, such services were provided by private charitable groups, who opened the Seton Infirmary in 1902. Since then, an expanding tax and spend bureaucracy has taken control. “Government welfare has destroyed the charitable system which was far more effective, compassionate and more person to person in helping people”, according to Nobel Prize economist Dr. Milton Friedman. Texans have demonstrated true charity for generations, but constant expansion of taxation under the false flag of charity has now undermined charitable efforts.

NEED

Central Texans should be proud of their quality healthcare facilities and dedicated professionals. We’re served by over 30 hospitals, a network of clinics, and hundreds of private practitioners. Austin’s Brakenridge Hospital is state of the art and rated by OSHA as the safest top level trauma center in America. Visit the hospital and you will see – it’s not “crumbling”.

Texas has eight LCME accredited medical schools (the same as California); four controlled by the U.T. System. Moreover, a new (2009) medical school in Round Rock, formed without the precondition of increased property taxes, is already operating and expanding Central Texas healthcare.

Currently, A&M Health Sciences Center operates 12 central Texas teaching hospitals / clinical affiliates. The U.T. Southwestern Medical school teaching hospital branch at Brakenridge advertises numerous residency programs and currently has over a hundred medical students, and names a “Regional Dean”.

We also have the Austin Clinical Education Center (CEC), “a powerhouse academic collaboration creating an innovative approach to address education, training, and the current growing shortage of nursing, physicians and other skilled clinical personnel in Central Texas”. The CEC hosts over 200,000 function attendees a year. Austin Community College’s property tax increase funded their Health Sciences Division “number 1 trainer and retrainer for healthcare professionals”. Additionally, Austin’s U.T. School of Nursing – “one of the nations leading nursing schools”, operates two community based wellness centers.

Finally, Austin property owners already fund excellent indigent healthcare through Central Health, which receives over $100 million annually. It operates 21 Travis County healthcare centers; the gigantic new North Central Community Center recently opened, and another 70,000 square feet clinic opens in 2013.

EXISTING TAXES / INCREASES

Prop 1’s outrageous 63% Central Health tax increase cannot be justified. Travis county taxpayers, already carrying the highest per-capita burden of any metropolitan county in Texas, are suffering “death by a thousand cuts”, with our poor and elderly hardest hit. Many on fixed incomes sacrifice to fund ever increasing tax bills on their homes. East Austin ‘gentrification’ is literally taxing some residents out of their homes. This year alone, City and County property taxes are again rising substantially along with water and electricity rates. The Statesman recently reported that property tax bills increased 38% (adjusted for inflation) from 2000 – 2010.

FALSE PROMISE OF IMPROVED HEALTHCARE

Proponents promise “improved healthcare” and how “cancer patients won’t have to travel for treatment”; promises that ignore reality. Austin has six dedicated cancer centers that proclaim “advanced technologies offered by nobody else”, “the most advanced, patient-friendly cancer treatment available” and “the latest state-of-the art imaging and diagnostic technologies”. Still, some travel to world-renowned M.D. Anderson – as princes and billionaires the world over also do. To claim such travel will become unnecessary is laughable. To imply our local practitioners and facilities are sub-standard insults the dedicated professionals providing Austin’s outstanding health care.

DUBIOUS CLAIMS OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY

Politicians claim this will ‘create jobs’ and economic activity. In reality, these promises are unsupported by demonstrated facts. With consistent growth and a 5-6% unemployment rate, Austin doesn’t have an employment problem which more taxes can solve. Claims of “billions in activity” omit much of that would be spent anyway, and most comes from within our community. Central Health’s promises of increased federal spending are also irresponsible, considering the credit downgrade of the federal government and over $16 trillion of debt.

PROFESSIONAL LOBBY

What started as voluntary charity healthcare has transformed into a corporate political machine, which exploits highly charged emotions of indigent healthcare. Voters are being persuaded by a corporately funded professional campaign; a similar campaign spent over $180,000 of corporate money in 2004 passing the original healthcare property tax. When you see their slick ads, remember this isn’t the charitable Seton Infirmary of 1902 — its 21st century empire building on the backs of homeowners.

Roger Falk
Don Zimmerman
www.TCTunion.com

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TCTU Launches STOP THE BLEEDING campaign against 63% tax rate increase

On September 21st (2012), several advisors and affiliates of TCTU gave statements answered questions from the media on why the 63% tax rate increase for an unnecessary new medical school complex and other expansions of government controlled healthcare should be voted down.

http://www.weareaustin.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_4328.shtml

Roger Falk led our talking points, which will be underscored in an important OpEd against Prop 1 expected to be printed soon by the Austin Statesman.

The TCTU SPAC is accepting contributions for more signs and campaign materials — please send contributions to:

Travis County Taxpayers Union SPAC 

13492 Research Blvd #120-141, Austin, TX  78750

TEC rules instruct us to ask you for employer/occupation information.

Individual, business, and corporate checks are acceptable (in 2004, proponents of the tax spent over $180,000 of corporate PAC dollars passing the tax).

For any questions or comments, contact Don Zimmerman, TCTU SPAC Treasurer, 512-577-8842,  don@TCTunion.com

 

 

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Travis County Taxpayers Union launches “STOP THE BLEEDING” campaign against 63% property tax rate increase demanded by “Central Health” (Prop 1 on November 6th ballot).

21-September-2012

Travis County Taxpayers Union launches “STOP THE BLEEDING” campaign against 63% property tax rate increase demanded by “Central Health”
(Prop 1 on November 6th ballot).

Austin, TX — Several members of the Travis County Taxpayers Union (TCTU) and affiliated individuals will be available to the media to answer questions about the huge property tax rate increase in Prop 1 and rationale for opposing it. TCTU will unveil the large red STOP THE BLEEDING signs which begin distribution this weekend.

The TCTU says the taxpayers are experiencing “death by a thousand small cuts”, and it’s time to “stop the bleeding”.

“Proposition 1 is unnecessary and too costly”, says Roger Falk, an advisor and analyst for TCTU; “To imply our local practitioners and facilities are sub-standard insults the dedicated professionals providing Austin’s outstanding health care.”

Dr. Laura Pressley, former Austin City Council candidate, says “Austinites cannot afford this enormous tax increase. Let donors and the private sector build a new medical school and teaching hospital. Keep the taxpayer out of the equation”.

Don Zimmerman adds, “Voters should expect slick ads from a corporately funded professional campaign that will conceal the astronomical taxpayer bill for their ambitions; a political machine spent over $180,000 of corporate dollars in 2004 to create this property tax”.

TCTU is also announcing their participation in the upcoming RFC-TC Prop 1 forum (October 10th luncheon at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse in western Travis County), with Dr. David Berry speaking in opposition).

WHAT: “Stop the Bleeding” campaign launch against Prop 1, a 63% property tax increase
WHEN: Friday, Sep. 21 (2012), 11:30 AM
WHERE: 2323 South Lamar at Bluebonnet
WHY: Members of Travis County Taxpayers Union (TCTU) will answer questions from media regarding opposition to huge tax increase on the Nov 6th ballot.

For more information, contact
ROGER FALK, 512-258-5953, roger.falk@yahoo.com, TCTU Advisor and Analyst
Don Zimmerman, 512-577-8842, don@TCTunion.com, TCTU SPAC Treasurer


The Travis County Taxpayers Union, www.TCTunion.com, was created in 2012 to represent the political interest of Travis County taxpayers.

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Travis County Taxpayers Union files TEC Complaint against Senator Kirk Watson’s “Keep Austin Healthy PAC” for failure to file Campaign Treasurer Appointment

Press Advisory:  Travis County Taxpayers Union files TEC Complaint against Senator Kirk Watson’s “Keep Austin Healthy PAC” for failure to file campaign treasurer appointment, and improperly using UT resources to advocate passage of Central Health’s Prop 1 tax increase.

September 10th, 2012,  10:00 AM

Austin, TX —  A Texas Ethics Commission complaint is being filed alleging violation of Texas Election Code Title 15, Sec 253.031, which prohibits raising or spending more than $500 without a campaign treasurer appointment (CTA) on file with the appropriate filing authority.  Another alleged violation involves Sec. 255.003, “Unlawful Use of Public Funds for Political Advertising”, because “Keep Austin Healthy” advertised for paid campaign staffers, on a University of Texas URL (weblink), for the purpose of passing a ballot measure to increase property taxes.

“There is evidence that ‘Keep Austin Healthy PAC’ has been raising funds far in excess of $500, for around three weeks without the any appointment of a campaign treasurer, which is required by law”, said Don Zimmerman, treasurer of the Travis County Taxpayers Union SPAC, which opposes the tax increase.  “Many grassroots campaigners are intimidated into inactivity by lengthy, obtuse campaign finance laws.  But a highly experienced lawyer and powerful incumbent politician, Sen. Watson, who should know the law well, has no urgency to comply”, continued Zimmerman.

Jerri Lynn Ward, an advisor for Travis County Taxpayers Union, said, “One reason for laws like this is for transparency in fundraising.  Taxpayers need to know what special interests are behind such a massive increase, should this measure prevail”.

“Travis County Central Health states, ‘Our negotiating position does not need to be revealed to voters, and the executive sessions will continue.’”, Jeffry Lane, Communications Director for Travis County Taxpayers Union, commented.  “The voters and property owners of Travis County should be outraged that Sen. Kirk Watson and Central Health believe they can increase a tax rate by 63% while violating the Texas Elections Code and assuming they know best for the Travis County voters and property owners.”

For more information, contact:

Jeffry Lane, Communications Director,  jeffry@tctunion.com, 512.981.7519

Don Zimmerman, SPAC Treasurer, don@tctunion.com, 512.577.8842

Jerri Lynn Ward, Advisor, jerrilynnward@gmail.com, 512.585.0491

The Travis County Taxpayers Union SPAC, formed in 2012, advocates for fiscal responsibility in political policy, advocates for property owners who believe government taxes are too high, and commits to oppose tax increases, and support tax reductions and reforms, in Travis County.

www.TCTunion.com