Texas Democrats are advertising their displeasure with the budgets being proposed by Gov. Rick Perry and House and Senate leaders.
The Democrats, who are vastly outnumbered in the Legislature, have started a round of radio ads designed to tell Texans their side of the budget story. And since the budget is grim, and the other party is in charge, and they don't have the votes to stop the plan, they've gone public.
Audio: HDCC Budget Ad
The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee is paying for the ads, starting them in the Corpus Christi market and saying it "will likely expand to other Texas cities."
Here's a transcript, provided by the HDCC.
Background: School bell rings in the distance. Door closes as little girl enters car.
Daughter’s voice: "Hi, Daddy."
Father’s voice: "Hi, baby. How was school?"
Narrator: "Education is the key to our children's future. But Republicans don’t agree. They’ve controlled Texas government for years, and they’ve wrecked our state budget. Now, they want to close schools, cut teachers, and crowd 35 kids or more into classrooms."
Father’s voice: "So, honey, what did you learn today?"
Daughter’s voice: "Nothing, daddy."
Narrator: "Call 512-463-4630, and tell Republicans to quit killing the American Dream."
Male narrator: "Paid for by Texas HDCC PAC"