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Hot List Day 74

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Day 74 of the 82nd Texas Legislature

LINE OF THE DAY
“Small business should not be used as leverage to get their pet projects done.”
-Will Will Newton, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, on a pending bill that would make a small-business tax exemption permanent

FLOOR PLAY BY ABBY RAPOPORT
In her latest post, Abby Rapoport examines one of the only surprises that came out of this week’s voter ID debate and inevitable passage – an amendment that, if this version of the bill passes, will negatively affect senior voters. 

OBSERVED
Yesterday morning, a Senate Finance subcommittee voted to restore $4.5 billion to the health and human service portion of the budget, which currently calls for $16.1 billion in cuts. While that may seem like a great feat in this budget crisis, as Alexa Garcia-Ditta reports, some programs are still left unfunded—and some senators aren’t close to satisfied. 

BEST OF THE REST
According to an analysis released by the Legislative Budget Board, the House version of the budget will result in hundreds of thousands of job losses should it pass as is. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Dave Montgomery reports on how the LBB arrived at their numbers and lawmakers’ reactions.  

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
The House Redistricting committee will spend this morning hearing public and invited testimony on how they should use the 2010 Census data to redraw the lines in House seats. While we haven’t heard too much about redistricting yet, there will likely be tough fights over which members will get to keep their seats and which ones will have to run in uncharted territory.