The Fort Worth Fire Department is hoping Homeland Security in Washington D.C. will throw them a financial lifeline by way of grant money — but that lifeline would come with serious strings attached.
An agency that helps provide meals to the elderly is itself in need of help. Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County is dealing with a critical shortage of funds. Executive Director Carla Jutson said state and federal budget cuts created a $400,000 shortfall.
Shortfall and sacrifice: that’s how the Texas Legislature two years ago defended gutting $5.4 billion from public education, laying off thousands of public workers with slashed spending and stripping Medicaid to the bone.
City Administrator Charles Fenner said in an email the move was “because of budget matters.”
Patti Weinbrenner has suffered her share of setbacks. In 2005, Weinbrenner lost her Richardson home to a massive fire. This week, she suffered yet another setback.
What budget crisis? The Lieutenant Governor says Texas can actually spend more on schools next year, not less.