A few weeks ago, our library director brought our attention to a recently released report (alliteration to the max!) by the Texas Legislative Study Group entitled “Texas on the Brink.” The report, now on its sixth edition, details how Texas ranks relative to the other states in important categories such as education, health care, environment, quality of life, and many others. My fellow Texans, I’m sad to say we’re not doing so hot. Here’s a troubling excerpt from the report:
“In Texas today, the American dream is distant. Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured adults in the nation. Texas is dead last in percentage of high school graduates. Our state generates more hazardous waste and carbon dioxide emissions than any other state in our nation. If we do not change course, for the first time in our history, the Texas generation of tomorrow will be less prosperous than the generation of today.”
Ouch. If you’d like to read the full report, which is comprised mainly of lists of rankings and stats, click here. It’s not all bad news, but it’s safe to say there’s a lot of room for improvement.
If you’d like to see the information from the report presented in an eye-pleasing display, drop by the library sometime between now and the end of May. We’re happy to present the facts, even when they’re not so pretty.