If the House can't pass the technical fiscal matters bills, we can expect a special session. But even if the bills do pass, I wouldn't make any summer plans.
Wednesday was supposedly the pivotal day for the Legislature. If the House could agree and vote out the Senate’s technical ‘fiscal matters” bi...Read More
Bills like HB 400 aren't pretty for teachers, but when you want to cut huge amounts from public education, the results are bound to be ugly.
Despite weeks of coverage and contention, House Bill 400 never got a pithy title from the press like the “guns on campus” bill or the “pork ch...Read More
House Bill 400 has stalled three times in the House. But if it passes, how will the controversial bill pass the Senate?
When House Bill 400 got stalled for a third time Monday night—yet again because a point of order—I wondered exactly why some House Republicans are so determ...Read More
When Democrats continued to obstruct bills with points of order, the Republican supermajority unleashed its full power—and now there's no turning back.
Usually, you have to look back to find the pivotal moments—to find the times “when everything changed.” But sitting in the Texas House in early Ma...Read More
Both the House and Senate budgets make major cuts to public ed. But those cuts are only possible if they pass new school finance legislation.
Updated May 5, 4:25 p.m. Don’t let the headlines fool you. While the Senate and House have both passed versions of the budget, the debate is far fro...Read More
A three hour debate on the budget highlights the tense relation between the House and Senate, the risky new method of financing and the possible loss of the two-thirds rule.
After three dramatic hours of debate, Senate Finance Chair Steve Ogden still did not have enough votes to bring the Senate budget up for debate Tuesday night. S...Read More
In his remarks on the killing of Osama bin Laden, David Dewhurst reminds the presscorps he's not your average politician.
Even in a building of, ahem, unusual individuals, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst stands out. For one thing, he’s about a foot taller than everyone else...Read More
If lawmakers fail to pass a budget this session, they'll have to meet again this summer to finish the task. That may be the outcome some Democrats are hoping for.
For most of this legislative session, there’s been an ongoing joke—”Don’t make plans for July.” Facing an unprecedented budget shortfa...Read More