Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst made a stop in Collin County to speak to those who attended the lunch meeting of the Republican Women of North Collin County on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco. Dewhurst, who lost his bid for the U.S. Senate to Ted Cruz last year, is seeking re-election next year.
Dewhurst said, “Texas is doing great. But as I look to the future, we are going to have to make some hard decisions and change some of our behaviors. I’m not sure that we as Republicans haven’t gotten just a little bit lazy. We’re expecting to win. We do that, and we are going to start losing, and your children, my children and our grandchildren deserve better than that.”
Dewhurst encouraged the audience to prevent Texas from “turning blue,” reminding them that “Texas is a conservative state.”
Peppering his speech with bits of humor, Dewhurst said, “I’m all about opportunity. I want to create opportunity for everybody in this state. Not just the rich, not just big business — everybody. I’m interested in everybody having a chance. That’s why we’ve got to keep focusing on growing; improving this state. You can’t be stagnant, you can’t rest, you’ve got to keep working.”
Dewhurst told guests that “we all want our children to have a great education and this year we finally made big progress — we ended teaching to the test.” The state reduced the number of end-of-year tests by two-thirds. Dewhurst said that the State Board of Education will monitor the outcome of reduced testing.
Dewhurst laid out his case for continued Texas growth, saying he believes that heavy regulation kills jobs. Texas’ huge population growth means a need for creating jobs, he added, and the way to do that is by cutting taxes and continuing to limit government, which allows for freedom and opportunity. “I’m proud of this state. We are one of the three most frugal states in the country in per capita spending,” Dewhurst said.
In 2006 Dewhurst cut local school property taxes by one-third. He said he plans to cut local school property tax again in 2015 because “you know how to spend your money far better than government does.”
“We’ve got to continue to improve our education, we’ve got to continue to improve our health care and we’ve got to continue standing up for the rights of all individuals, preserving liberty,” Dewhurst said as he ended his speech.
Photos by TSB’s Sawyer Erickson