Making politicians attach their names to their positions can be a powerful thing. The “sanctuary cities” bill tested that theory.
As the Legislature grinds its way through the final three weeks of the regular session, the state’s top three leaders are pushing and shoving, figuratively speaking, to the finale and beyond — to the 2018 elections.
Texas legislators expected to lock horns over the bathroom bill. But the raw debate over sanctuary cities could be the hallmark of this 85th Legislature.
If you were running government like a business, wouldn’t you be using your cash-flow fund for cash flow? Here’s the situation.
You might rejoice or bewail the death of a piece of legislation, but remember: Nothing is really dead while the Texas Legislature is still in Austin.
Greg Abbott seems to be arguing for a consolidation of political power: “This is not the ‘United States of Municipalities,'” he recently said.
The denizens of the Texas Capitol are already talking about the possibility of a special session. They might be worried, but you shouldn’t be.
The real question is what would be cut from local government budgets if and when their voters reject bigger tax increases.
The leadership battles in the Texas Legislature are often attributed to personalities — or to traditional House-Senate rivalries. But there’s another factor: The Republicans in power are from different factions of their party.
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