Day 59 of the 82nd Texas Legislature
LINE OF THE DAY
“The lieutenant governor, the speaker, their colleagues aren’t going to hire or fire one teacher as best as I can tell.”
FLOOR PLAY BY ABBY RAPOPORT
“There’s been one spot of light for those hoping to avoid budget cuts: using the Rainy Day fund money to soften the budget shortfall. Pitts himself is carrying HB 275 which would take $4.3 billion from the Rainy Day fund to pay off the state’s current debts from this current fiscal year….But even if the measure passes, it would hardly be a total solution to the state budget woes.”
As if proposed cuts to school funding aren’t painful enough, Republican Rep. Burt Solomon’s sanctuary city bill could have the unintended consequences for schools. Democratic Rep. Rene Oliviera says under the bill, school districts would have to check the immigration status of students. That would violate some federal provisions—and could result in its students’ immigration status or lose all their state funding.
BEST OF THE REST
Conservative Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley waiting for the Senate to confirm him as the chairman of the state Forensic Science Commission. But according to the Austin American-Statesman, at least two Republicans won’t vote for Bradley, leaving his nomination four votes shy of the 21 needed to get considered on the Senate floor.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
Today, the House Appropriations Committee will consider the proposal from committee Chair Jim Pitts to spend $4.3 billion of the Rainy Day fund. Expect lively protest from far right, fiscal conservative groups wanting to balance the budget through cuts alone.