TRAVIS COUNTY #STRONGER TOGETHER TO DONATE $133,000 TO COUNTY, SAVING PROGRAMS AFFECTED BY GOVERNOR'S CUTS

TCST will continue fundraising to buffer the effects of the unjustified budget cuts.

For Immediate Release: June 28, 2017
Contact: Alejandro Peña
651-491-5503; alejandro.pena@house.texas.gov

Austin, Texas - On June 29, 2017, Travis County #StrongerTogether will donate $133,000 to Travis County to keep several important specialty court, victim services, and juvenile justice programs in operation through November, as the county works to identify long-term revenue sources. These programs were funded by grants from the Office of the Governor that were cancelled earlier this year by Gov. Greg Abbott to punish the county for its immigration positions and policies.

There will be a press conference and official check presentation held on Thursday, June 29 at 11:30 AM at the Travis County Commissioners Court. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, founder of Travis County #StrongerTogether, will be joined by Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Veterans Court Judge Mike Denton, Mike Nellis and representatives from the Austin Community Foundation, and the Travis County Stronger Together Board. Senator Kirk Watson, the Travis County Delegation and the judges from affected programs have also been invited to attend.

State Representative Eddie Rodriguez issued the following statement regarding the donation:
“I founded Travis County #StrongerTogether to serve as a vehicle for the community's desire to help save these important programs. I am honored to have played a role in our success, but the community did the real work. This sizeable donation represents thousands of gifts, mostly in small amounts averaging $25. The transfer of $133,000 represents our community coming together when the most vulnerable amongst us are hurt by unnecessary cuts to program funding."

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt:
"When the Governor created a problem, the people of Travis County came up with a solution. These important programs help sustain the efficient, effective and fair justice system the county is mandated to provide. Through hard work and with the support of our partners and friends, we’ve made sure these services will continue as we identify ways to move forward. The generosity of Travis County residents and the dedication of the Stronger Together team are inspiring and reflect the spirit of our community."

Mike Nellis, CEO at Austin Community Foundation:
“Austin Community Foundation is focused on our Central Texas community. When the community wanted to give to help keep crucial programs for Travis County women, children and veterans going, we helped receive the donations. We believe in our community’s generosity.”

Printable Media Advisory

June 29, 2017 Press Conference Agenda

  1. Representative Rodriguez- welcome, thanks, introductions, share genesis of #TravisCountyStrongerTogether
  2. Senator Watson- thanks TC Stronger Together, Travis County, and community efforts to raise money
  3. Judge Eckhardt- how Travis County affected by the funding cuts; announce funds donated to date from TC Stronger Together
  4. Rodriguez and Eckhardt present check to Judge Denton and Judge Byrne with all other judges and program reps standing behind to receive
  5. Judge Denton- how the money already at work in our community/ why these programs are so vital
  6. Judge Byrne- importance of Parenting in Recovery/ Family Drug Treatment Court and why funding so vital
  7. Rep. Eddie Rodriguez- announcement of upcoming Art Fest benefitting TC Stronger Together in July
  8. Questions and Answers

Printable Agenda

Travis County #StrongerTogether is a crowdfund started by State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez after several public safety, victim services, and rehailitative programs had their budgets cut in early February.