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Februa 13, 2003 Cutreiit Evbdls " Page 9- TheFree Press " Rose cuts capitol profile with Republican help BY BILL PETERSON Editor AUSTIN - With the heavy lift- Z-]king for the 78th Texas Legislature still be done, District 45 Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) has yet to be tested as a law maker. But he's definitely made a profile for him- self- and he's done it with the help of Republicans. Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican who once was a Democrat, invited Rose to take the podium as the only rookie among a dozen pow- erful legislative veterans to com- ment on Tuesday's State of the State speech, which Perry deliv- ered from the house floor. Of course, none of the capitol press corps put any questions to Rose - not when the gathering included Senate Education Chair Florence Shapiro (R-Addison), as well as Senate Business & Comerce Chair Troy Fraser (R- Belton) and veteran Senator Ken Armbrister (D-Victoria), who rep- resented part of Hays County until the most recent redistricting. So, Rose stood by quietly. The 24-year-old representative, the youngest member of the legisla- ture, made certain to respect his elders. "I wasn't going to hog that mike" Rose said right after the press session. He soon found a mic he could hog, and he didn't hog that one, either. As the legislators com- menting on Perry's speech took questions from the media, a group of social workers could be heard outside the capital protesting state spending cuts on social programs. When the press session ended, Rose went to the steps in front of the capital to address a couple hundred protesters, many of whom were from Hays County. "I'm the only member of the House who's mama was a social worker," Rose said to cheers from the crowd. Rose then told the group that one of the tough fights ahead for the legislature would be to make sure state cuts in social spending, particularly Medicaid, won't jeopardize federal matching money on those programs. With that, Rose was off to another engagement. Among Perry's more pleasing remarks, from Rose's standpoint, was his insistence that the state should close the "Delaware loop- hole" which allows businesses to escape the tax on parts of their properties. The closing of the loophole is consistent with the goal of closing a projected $9.1 billion budget shortfall without raising taxes because Perry said, "In my book, it's not a new tax if you should have been paying it all along?' Rose campaigned on tax fair- ness as one way of reducing the burden on residential property owners for the cost of public edu- cation. "I echo the governor's com- mitment to tax fairness," Rose said. "The time for tax loopholes in this state is past. Property taxes are too high, and they're spread too thin?' Perry isn't the only high-pro- file Republican to assist Rose in the early days of his first legisla- tive session. Last week, Round Rock Republican Mike Krusee, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, drove all the way from Round Rock to Dripping Springs to meet with Rose before the morning rush hour. The purpose: So Rose could show Krusee what it's like to drive from Dripping Springs to downtown Austin in morning traf- fic, with News 8 Austin along for the ride. Two weeks ago, Rose intro- duced his first legislation, an ethics bill that would prohibit leg- islators from representing clients before state agencies for compen- sation. Rose called a press confer- ence and secured the attendance of San Antonio Republican Jeff Wentworth, who co-authored the companion legislation in the Senate. Later, Tom Craddick, the first Republican Speaker of the House since Reconstruction, placed Rose on three committees - Civil Practices, Local & Consent Calendars and Pensions & Investments - by far the best com- mittee assignments drawn by any Cervenka murder, from page 1 police and surrendered to the APD (Austin Police Department)," Bridges said. Julie Crimmins, communica- tions director for the Hays CISD, said the school's students were never threatened. Because the classrooms are accessed through a courtyard at Buda Primary, Glenn Newton never entered school hall- ways. The school was never locked down, though, Peyton said, some teachers locked their doors when they noticed police cars cir- cling the campus. "The staff member and the individual who appeared on cam- pus were removed," Crimmons said. "The security of the students was never jeopardized. Luckily, the little ones didn't know what was going on, so they weren't involved." Cervenka's funeral is set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hays Hills Baptist Church. Relatives of Cervenka's refused comment. Austin police said it is believed a prior dispute between the two men led to the shooting. However, no more specific motive for the killing has been deter- mined, according to the APD. Likewise, neighbors and asso- ciates of the families are baffled. Both men built homes in the Coves of Cimarron where Cervenka was known to love vol- unteering for various youth activ- ities. Neighbors said they remain sketchy about details simply because they have respected each family's need for privacy. "We're all in limbo," said Steve Becker, Cervenka's neigh- bor in the Coves of Cimarron, who said he noticed how nice it was to see Cervenka playing bas- ketball in the driveway with his sons Sunday evening. Becker said Cervenka was a pleasant man who never gave any hint that anything might be going awry with the business he and Newton co-owned. "I heard it was going well," Becker said. "I talked with him in November and he said it was going great, just humming along. Mike wasn't the kind of guy who would lie about that, but he was also an optimistic person?' Sadly, it remains to be seen how two childhood friends, Shelli Cervenka and Tracy Newton, can carry on now that the husband of one has been accused of murder- ing the husband of the other. "I honestly don't know how you move forward from some- thing like this," Peyton said. "Both women are good, strong Christian women. Christian peo- ple call upon the Lord to give them strength to do extraordinary things." To those that knew Mike... hursday, Feb. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. there will be Prayer Vigil at Hays Hills Baptist Church at 1401 N. FM 1626 (near Leisurewoods in the City of Hays) This will be come and go. Child care provided. There will be no formal visita- tion scheduled with the family. Viewing at the funeral home (without the family) will be Friday, Feb. 14 from noon to 9 p.m. The funerat home is Wilke-Clay-Fish at 2620 South Congress Ave (442- 1446). There will be a book to sign. Saturday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m., a funeral service will be held at Hays Hills Baptist Church. The burial will be at either Live Oak or Onion Creek cemetery which are both in the Mancha.ca/San Leana area. Not yet decided. Call 295-3132, ext. 6, for more information or to volunteer for the funeral meal provided to the fami- ly after the service, or to provide meals or do odd jobs in the com- ing months. Memorial gifts (in lieu of flow- ers) may be given to the Cervenka boys college fund set up at Hays Hills Baptist Church. Make checks payable to Hays Hills Baptist Church, 1401 N. FM 1626, Buda, Texas 78610. PLEASE INDICATE that the check is for the CERVEN- KA BOYS COLLEGE FUND. These gifts are tax-deductible and a letter will be issued to the con- tributor as well as to Shelli Cervenka acknowledging each gift. Thanks so much! Shelli and the family are very appreciative of all the signs of love and compassions,., Sh has received literally hundFeds of.vis- its. I have not discussed this with her, but it is my observation that it would be good for her to have much fewer visits and to have just family and closest friends around her at this time. If you bring food to the home, please just leave it with someone at the door with a note indicating who it is from. Shelli has been touched by so much out- pouring of love. Thanks! If you want to help provide food for the funeral, or food for the coming months, or to do odd jobs in the coming months, please call 295-3132, ext. 6, and leave the message with your phone num- ber. You will be contacted in time. Thank you David Sweet, Pastor Hays Hills Baptist Church. 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