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February 18th, 2010
Letter to the editor: Thomaides supports Rose

To the editor:

In this tough economy, small businesses continue to be the backbone of our economic growth in Texas and right here in San Marcos.

Encouraging job growth along the corridor while protecting our natural resources in the Hill Country will have positive lasting impacts for San Marcos. Leaders like Patrick Rose continue to work to create the jobs of our future.

As a small business owner, I’m proud to endorse Patrick Rose in his re-election campaign.  Small business owners like myself benefited when Rep. Rose authored HB 394, requiring small business to be considered for the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) for state grants.

TEF funds have been successful in expanding business and jobs by increasing capital investment within the state. TEF grants have always benefited larger businesses, and, thanks to Rep. Rose, small businesses now have the potential to be eligible for these state grant dollars.

For our local economy to grow, we need leaders in Austin who understand the needs of small business owners. Please help re-elect Rep. Rose by voting early through Feb. 26, or on Election Day, March 2.

John Thomaides
San Marcos City Councilmember

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0 thoughts on “Letter to the editor: Thomaides supports Rose

  1. Instead of institutionalized cronyism in the form of $300 million annually to be divided up by the governor’s staff, let’s just do away with the taxes from whence that money came in the first place. Abolition of the property tax would free up billions instantly to be poured back into launching/sustaining ventures and hiring people.

  2. To look at his record of service, Rep. Rose while running under the umbrella of a Democrat has voted mostly for GOP special interests. He has “kissed the bottoms” of such notable GOP leaders as Gov. Rick Perry, former House Speaker Tom Craddick and former toll czar legislator Rep. Mike Krusee.

    In addition, Rose has actually done very little for the average residents of the counties he is supposed to serve; Blanco, Hays and Caldwell.

    That being stated, I voted and supported Rose when he first ran against former Rep. Rick Green. I thought that when Rose returned home from Princeton and ran for office, his words of doing good for the community were not merely lip-service and that he offered some long-needed new blood into an ailing system.

    Since Rose’s words have proven to mean very little over the past several years, I stopped supporting him and urge voters to reconsider voting for another candidate.

    “I will have naught to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath” — Aesop, (620-560 BC)

    It is that statement that most highlights the career of Patrick Rose. I had hoped for better, but I am sorry to say that you just can not trust the man.

  3. Since the money is out there, I’d sure like to see some of those TEF dollars flow to San Marcos. It would help our limited incentive money go a lot farther. For example, the latest incentive approved by the Austin City Council called for the City of Austin to provide $20,000 per year for ten years, and the TEF pitched in $1 million dollars. The City of Austin got a lot of bang for their buck, with 600 jobs to be created as a result, and the State of Texas contributing 4 times as much as the City of Austin.

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