From where I sit, I see Lt. Dan is being the ultimate bully. He is going to doing anything he deems necessary to get his way. He is holding up the budget process because he refuses to allow the senate to vote on a budget unless it includes a voucher component. This is going to get ugly before it is finished.
The State Senate in Texas is still pushing vouchers, even though the last voucher bill was overwhelmingly defeated in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. The senate, under the thumb of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (former rightwing talk show host), inserted a voucher program into a budget bill and sent it to the House.
The Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, issued the following statement on Wednesday:
“I was encouraged by much of what Governor Patrick said today. I was especially glad to hear that Governor Patrick wants to start passing bills that are priorities of the House, such as mental health reforms, fixing the broken A-F rating system and cybersecurity. These are not poll-tested priorities, but they can make a very real difference in Texans’ lives. I am grateful that the Senate will work with us to address them.
“Budget negotiations are going well but are far from finished. The…
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