Make no mistake, 4th of July was always going to be different this year with COVID-19 a threat. However, the recent spike here in Texas has forced families to cancel even the most socially distant and safe 4th of July celebrations.
The slow, timid response to the COVID-19 threat by Greg Abbott has been well noted and the irresponsible and reckless words of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick made international headlines. However, the increased threat and the increased danger now confronting Texans can also be laid at the feet of some State House Republicans too.
This weekend, as you ask yourself why your family is stuck inside instead of celebrating the 4th with others, you can thank, in part, the failed leadership of these Texas Republicans:
Matt Krause - Forcing Texans to go to work while sick
Few elected officials have done more to make working conditions harder for Texans than State Rep. Matt Krause (HD 93 – Tarrant County). While most Texas Republicans fought back against sick leave policies for Texas workers, Krause took it to a new low last year by filing legislation to block Texas cities from implementing sick leave policies on their own. With Texans being forced to choose between putting food on the table or risk being exposed to COVID-19, basic sick leave policies are a crucial tool to fight the spread of COVID-19.
Craig Goldman - Preventing Texans from access to quality healthcare
State Rep. Craig Goldman (HD 97- Fort Worth) in Texas, is blocking nearly 100,000 people in his own home county from access to basic healthcare. Goldman is lined up against Medicaid expansion, which experts estimate would allow over 1 million Texans would get quality healthcare, keeping them healthy during a global health pandemic.
Tony Tinderholt - Price gouging families even during disasters
Knowing the threat posed to Texans by natural disasters and other catastrophic events, bi-partisan members of the Texas legislature rolled up their sleeves to ensure Texas families are prepared for disasters and crises beyond their control. A key measure taken was to protect vulnerable families from flight-by-night hucksters and unscrupulous businesses that exploit Texans in times of crisis by price gouging on basic items like food and medicine. State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (HD 94- Arlington), against the overwhelming majority of both Democrats and Republicans, went to bat for the bad guys and voted to strike these common-sense protections against price gouging and other rip-offs.