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Theeconomy of Texas is regarded a rather conventional one due to itsunique philosophy of low tax acquisition unlike any other country allover the world. It is worth noting that Texas barely has any moneyavailable to invest in its future through the education of itschildren. According to Richardson et al., (1), this emanates from thereason that over periods, Texas’ taxes are not constant in regardsto the growth of citizens’ individual incomes making the states’legislature lack funds to invest in education. Because of this pooreconomy as well as a conventional way of spending on its income,which happens at the expense of vital government services, thecountry’s state of affairs decline by the day leading to heightenedpoverty. Education and health adversely affected.
Analysishowever portray a different argument of the same arguing that the lowspending rate make Texas the most affordable place to live inresulting from its extreme low living costs as well as cheap andaffordable housing Anderson(282).This makes Texas the cheapest place with the most affordablelifestyle in the U.S. Because of this observation therefore, thisessay aims at looking into the social services given provision in theTexas’ budget, programs put in place as well as tradeoffs necessaryto fund these programs as well as advantages met by the citizens fromthis setting.
Texashas provision for about twelve social programs set aside for itscitizens with intent of aiding them from high poverty level resultingfrom reasons discussed earlier. Low-income earners often sufferinaccessibility to medical attention or to seeking low cost healthcare due to their inability to afford proper health covers. Texasthrough its Texcare Children’s health insurance Program (CHIP) thushelps such families have access to proper and quality medicalattention. This is by insuring the children and ensuring thatchildren from low-income families also enjoy rights similar to thosefrom high-income families. Through the Texas Comprehensive EnergyAssistance Program (CEAP), low class citizens are able to accessaffordable energy costs geared at making their lives easier andmatching up to the well to do citizens. The Texas Head Start Programaims at equalizing children from poor backgrounds with theircounterparts from wealthy families. This is by enhancing on theircollective, responsive as well as intellectual skills by molding themto meet up with standards from the higher status of the societyFranzini(1960).
TheTexas Medicaid is a program aimed at improving the health states ofthose in dire situations that suffer inaccessibility to propermedication. With intent of making all school-going children equal andcomfortable at school, the Texas School Breakfast and Lunch program(SBP) is quite essential in that through it, children from familiesthat cannot afford the meals enjoy the privilege at school. The TexasSpecial Milk Program (SMP) also ensures that all children accessproper nutrition through milk provision as those from poor familiesmay miss the benefits of this nutrition. Through the Texas SpecialSupplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC),the most vulnerable in the society have the benefit of accessingproper nutrition, diet as well as education and awareness, which dueto their poor state they would never afford or enjoy. Texas SummerFood Service (SFSP) ensures that even upon close of schools, childrenfrom needy families have constant supply of nutritious food to seethem through the summer season.
Asmost of the citizens can only afford the basics in life to see themto the next day, the Texas Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP) ensures that all families have access to nutritioussupplements necessary for boosting their growth and development,which also aim at enhancing on their immunity hence reducing on theirchances of ill health. Based on the poor state of affairs on most ofthe households in Texas, citizens insured with the Texas TemporaryAssistance for Needy Families (TANF), which aims at offering socialsupport aid to those families in dire need of assistance and relief.The unemployed in Texas also have reason to smile and enjoy a senseof belonging as through the Texas Unemployment Insurance, they alsolike the employed are able to access aid from the government enablingthem meet their basic needs at ease. Lastly, the Texas Weatherizationassistance Program (WAP) aims at lifting the living standards of theneedy citizens as well as the vulnerable based on old age as well asadvance medical situations such as poor health and disabilities.
Long-termsustainability and stability of the programs can arise from tradeoffsbetween higher taxes. More funding by the government would ensure onconstant aid injected into the programs. According to Levyet al., (1),capitalizing on economic efficiency would enhance that the governmentis able to fund its programs. Well to do off citizens are alsomandated at working extra hard so as to grow the economy making iteasier for the government to lender help to the less privilegedthrough the set up programs generously. According to Richardson& Pisani (1),work and welfare tradeoffs through public initiatives can also aid infunding the programs. The public actively participating in kind tosupport the less privileged through job creations, paying bills andtangible aid also is an effective measure.
Inconclusion, Texas citizens enjoy many benefits resulting from its lowtaxation rate. This is evident from the low cost of living that isaffordable to all. Emphasis on equality for all also ensures that allcitizens enjoy a sense of belonging.
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