Speaking to educators ahead of a special session full of education bills, House Speaker Straus chastised the Senate for underfunding school finance reform.
San Antonio Republican Joe Straus defied threats of a special session and stood his ground on the GOP’s battles over bathroom legislation and property tax elections. Now, he’s eyeing a sixth term leading the lower chamber.
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.
At issue is a controversial accounting maneuver intended by the Senate to free up $2.5 billion by strategically delaying a payment to the state’s highway fund.
The proposed House budget offers the first glimpse of a bipartisan conviction that it is time to rise above politics to address education issues in Texas.
As North Carolina lawmakers voted Thursday to revise that state’s “bathroom bill,” Texas Republicans said they are not backing away from their proposal.
By delaying a diversion of sales tax money for transportation projects, Texas Senate leaders said they had an extra $2.5 billion to spend on other needs.
Though the bill has made it to the House, chamber leaders have hinted that the controversial legislation may never reach the chamber’s floor for a vote.
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.