Texas Budget Wish List: Big Dreams, Low Expectations

AUSTIN — It was the middle of the night in the Texas House. After 15 or so hours of tedious debate on the state budget lawmakers were getting punchy (almost literally).Bleary-eyed at 1:30 a.m. they had a decision to make: embark on a sure-to-be ugly fight over one of the most contentious issues of the legislative session, a measure that would keep transgender people out of certain bathrooms; or vote to block all state money from abortion providers and call it a night.They chose the latter, but there were still about 175 of the 400 budget amendments that they hadn’t gotten to. So they did what we’d all probably want to do. They swept them all onto a wish list, voted yes and got the heck out of there.  Continue reading...

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