Two Key Issues, Buried in Red Meat, to Watch for in the House’s Budget Debate
In every Texas Lege session, the House’s budget hearing features some of the most high-strung debate, with the competing interests of various Texans fought out in full public view. In 2003, when Republicans had seized their first Texas House majority since Reconstruction and faced a $10 billion shortfall that had to be closed with spending cuts or higher taxes, debate on the budget lasted days. Democrats asked what Jesus might do if faced with cuts to programs for the neediest, while Republicans portrayed themselves as protecting hardworking Texans from higher taxes. Eventually, the GOP won out and House members killed most of the proposed 486 amendments to the budget before concluding their work just before midnight on the third day of debate. On Thursday,…View Original Post
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