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TCTU Objects to Private Organization Spending Taxpayer’s Money

 

http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/waste-watch-travis-county-taxpayers-union-considers-suing-central-health-again-6253.shtml

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TCTU Plaintiffs disappointed as Judge declines to issue preliminary injunction — TCTU Explores Further Options

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/Injunction-denied-but-case-not-closed-against-Central-Health-Prop-1-179575611.html

 Nov. 15th,  10 PM   ****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****

Plaintiffs disappointed as judge declines to issue preliminary injunction

AUSTIN, TX—Today the district court declined to issue a preliminary injunction in the case fighting
Proposition 1 in Travis County.

“We’re obviously disappointed in the decision,” responded Stephen Casey, counsel for the plaintiffs. “As
we read the law, any change in voting triggers Section 2 protections of the Voting Rights Act, and we
provided several cases for the judge to follow.”
Casey continued, “It is silly for the District’s attorney to suggest that the suit is ‘condescending’ or
“offensive.’ Two of the plaintiffs are from ethnic minorities. How condescending or offensive is it for
them to file suit to protect their rights? Data publicly available from both the Texas Education Agency
and a non-profit literacy group, Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, demostrated there are significant
literacy problems in Travis County. If that is the case, a change in the voting language of a ballot
proposition, far beyond what is permitted by law, can have a harmful effect on the ability of some voters
to understand what is on the ballot.”
Casey refers to language the District added beyond what the law permits, language that promotes the
ballot proposition. The proposition is printed below, with the extra language in bold-face type.

Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $0.129 per $100 valuation in Central Health, also
known as the Travis County Healthcare District, for the 2013 tax year, a rate that
exceeds the district’s rollback tax rate. The proposed ad valorem tax rate exceeds the ad
valorem tax rate most recently adopted by the district by $0.05 per $100 valuation;
funds will be used for improved healthcare in Travis County, including support for a
new medical school consistent with the mission of Central Health, a site for a new
teaching hospital, trauma services, specialty medicine such as cancer care,
community-wide health clinics, training for physicians, nurses and other healthcare
professionals, primary care, behavioral and mental healthcare, prevention and
wellness programs, and/or to obtain federal matching funds for healthcare services.
Don Zimmerman, Treasurer for TCTU SPAC, responded similarly. “We disagree with the judge’s assessment,
particularly that we could point to no authority regarding this change.

The Voting Rights Act considers any change in voting enough to warrant protection. We will be discussing our next legal option.”

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TCTU Asks for Injunction against Prop 1 illegal & misleading ballot language

Travis County Taxpayer’s Union announces grassroots rally:

Prop 1 opponents support federal lawsuit against illegal Prop 1 ballot language, Nov 14th, 1:45 PM, Federal Courthouse

WHAT: Rally at Federal Courthouse supporting lawsuit against illegal Prop 1 ballot language
WHERE: Federal Courthouse, 200 West 8th Street (downtown Austin)
WHEN: Nov 14th, 1:45 PM
WHY: Urge judge to block official canvassing of Prop 1 election results because of illegal ballot language, and demand new election with legal ballot language.

 

FOX 7 News Story on Prop 1 and ballot language lawsuit
Nov 7th, 2012

****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****

Initial Briefing submitted in taxpayer suit against Proposition 1

AUSTIN, TX — Today attorneys for the Travis County TaxPayers Union (TCTU), and the individual plaintiffs, submitted the initial brief to the federal district court in Austin on why it should issue an injunction to stop the votes from being officially certified—a process called “canvassing”—and prevent Proposition 1 from being implemented during the duration of the lawsuit. The hearing is set for the 14th of November at 2 pm.

“There is good existing law to support the judge issuing an injunction,” stated Stephen Casey, one of the attorneys in the case. “Each provision under which the plaintiffs sued provides for injunctive relief. In addition, data publicly available from both the Texas Education Agency and a non-profit literacy group,  Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, demostrates there are significant literacy problems in Travis County.  If that is the case, a massive change in the voting language of a ballot proposition, far beyond what is permitted by law, can have a harmful effect on the ability of the average voter to understand what is on the ballot.”   Casey refers to language the District added beyond what the law permits, language that promotes the ballot proposition. The proposition is printed below, with the extra language in bold-face type.

Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $0.129 per $100 valuation in Central Health, also known as the Travis County Healthcare District, for the 2013 tax year, a rate that exceeds the district’s rollback tax rate. The proposed ad valorem tax rate exceeds the ad valorem tax rate most recently adopted by the district by $0.05 per $100 valuation;
funds will be used for improved healthcare in Travis County, including support for a new medical school consistent with the mission of Central Health, a site for a new teaching hospital, trauma services, specialty medicine such as cancer care, community-wide health clinics, training for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals, primary care, behavioral and mental healthcare, prevention and wellness programs, and/or to obtain federal matching funds for healthcare services.

Don Zimmerman, Treasure for TCTU, agreed. “This proposition extends far beyond what the Texas legislature expressly provided.  By loading up this Proposition with advocacy words, voters who may have struggled to get through the ballot are unquestionably challenged.  Had the District simply followed the neutrality the law requires and the neutrality the law requires and valued the voters’ free choice above its own financial gain, this wouldn’t have happened.”

Media inquires can be directed to the plaintiffs’ attorney, Stephen Casey, by phone at 512-949-7818.

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Press Release: UT Reports “Number of Doctors in Texas Booming”

Travis County Taxpayers Union: New UT Report from Dr. Ronald Stewart of UT Health Science Center in S.A. Demolishes Prop 1 Propaganda of “Doctor Shortage”

Nov 4, 2012;   Austin, TX —

TCTU SPAC Treasurer Don Zimmerman made the following remark concerning a recently released UT study which makes the opposite conclusion from the “doctor shortage” argument made by the special interest, corporately funded Prop 1 campaign:   “UT’s ‘Number of Doctors in Texas Booming’ report could have come at a better time – like this past summer when the undisclosed corporate campaign machine ‘HealthyATX.org’ began it’s ‘doctor shortage’ propaganda”.  But at least it came out days before Nov. 6th, instead of days after”.

THE REPORT PUBLISHED ON WOAI Radio’s website is below:

A new report shows the number of physicians in Texas has grown twice as fast as the increase in the state’s general population in the nine years since health care lawsuit reforms were approved by the voters in 2003, 1200 WOAI news reports.

The spike in physicians is especially strong in Central Texas, in the cities of Austin and San Antonio, according to Dr. Ronald Stewart of the U.T. Health Science Center in San Antonio, the lead author of the report.

In 2003, the citizens approved controversial measures designed to decrease junk lawsuits against physicians, hospitals, and health care groups, and Dr. Howard Marcus, who heads the Texas Alliance for Patient Access, says the numbers show it’s working.

“This is just one more piece of evidence to verify what we’ve been observing for years,” he said. “Texas’ 2003 reforms have kept their promise. Sick and injured Texans today have more physicians to see when they need medical care.”

Stewart says this means more physicians to provide treatment to indigent patients, and more doctors to deal with the increasing demands of Obamacare when Health Care Reform is fully implemented, bringing as many as 30 million new patients into the primary care system.

The increase in the number of doctors is greatest in the specialties which are needed the most, including general medicine and surgery.

The increase in doctors is making more treatment options available for patients, and holding down health care costs. Stewart says 52% of hospitals report being able to expand emergency or specialized services due to more physician call availably or physicians’ willingness to expand their practice.

SOURCE:   http://radio.woai.com/cc-common/mainheadlines3.html?feed=119078&article=10544738#.UJXxMFdqllE.mailto#ixzz2BGs5G2mu

 

Number of Doctors in Texas Booming

 

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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.