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.
House Speaker Joe Straus told the Texas Association of Business that the “bathroom bill” was not his most urgent concern for the 85th Legislative Session.
San Antonio Republican Joe Straus was re-elected unanimously by House members Tuesday for a for record-tying fifth term.
Topics discussed included foster care, mental health care, the “bathroom bill,” sanctuary cities, public education, taxes, and transportation.
Only time can tell whether the Legislature will truly prioritize its broken systems, or whether Trump will make good on his promises of mass deportation, increased trade regulation, and unifying the country.