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As noted in this post, the pre-filing of bills for the 83rd Texas Legislative session started on Monday. And some Representatives and Senators were anxious to get their priorities into the hopper.
Looks like Sen. Rodney Ellis, who is the predictable outcome of a gerrymandered minority majority district (SD-13, which is mostly inner-city Houston), which Ellis had represented since 1991) has a lot he wants to accomplish this session, pre-filing 28 bills.
This one caught my eye as a particularly bad idea: SB-80, “Relating to the designation of certain election days as state holidays.”
You can read the text of his bill here, but essentially what Ellis wants to do is to designate election days in Texas as state holidays. Which means more days off for public employees, who already enjoy more time off than their private sector counterparts.
State employees already get off on all national holidays (9 days total), as defined under Section 662.003(a) of the Government Code. They also already get an additional 8 state holidays off from work:
- the 19th day of January, “Confederate Heroes Day”
- the second day of March, “Texas Independence Day”
- the 21st day of April, “San Jacinto Day”
- the 19th day of June, “Emancipation Day in Texas”
- the 27th day of August, “Lyndon Baines Johnson Day”
- the Friday after Thanksgiving Day
- the 24th day of December
- the 26th day of December
Which means that State workers already have 17 paid Holiday day offs per year. Which is a lot more than any private company I’ve ever worked for gives their employees.
Rodney wants to add a ninth bullet point to that list: “every day on which an election, including a primary election, is held throughout the state.”
Ellis’ bill would give state workers up to four more tax-payer funded days off each year (Limited Uniform election in May, Primary Elections in May, Primary Runoffs in July, and the November elections).
For a grand-total of 21 paid holidays for State employees. Or about twice as many as most private sector companies offer.
State workers already get more than enough time off at the expense of the tax payer. But that’s not why this bill needs to be smashed by Senate Republicans. As you might have guessed, the majority of public employees tend to vote Democrat, this is also a tactic to ensure that as many Democrats have the day off to vote (or work as election officials) as possible.
Almost a quarter of all of Rodney’s constituents are unemployed (thanks to a deadly combination of their inner-city Houston public education and Obama’s failed economic policies). And I’d bet a high percentage of them work for the state government. So this bill is nothing more than pandering to his base at the expense of the rest of us.
With all of the pressing issues surrounding Texans in 2013…immigration, crime, the economy, fending off an ever-more intrusive federal government…Rodney Ellis thinks that giving state employees more paid holidays is a priority?