"and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,"
Update (7:01 pm): An in-district source informs us that Isaac intends to vote no on the anti-School Choice amendment; we will observe and note accordingly.
Today is budget day in the Texas House; the LLP coalition outlined both opportunities and pitfalls to this process presents.
Tony McDonald (Empower Texans):
- A lot of the amendments the House of Straus will consider today deal with defunding border security operations and pro-Tenth Amendment litigation.
- John Otto wants to add at least $800 million (and possibly as much as $3 billion) to public education.
- Can't trust the order in which they release amendments.
- Calendars committee can set rules for floor debate.
- You have to find savings for new spending but (new this session) you can cut without plowing savings into other programs.
- Major events trust fund -- Tried to give NASCAR ex post facto subsidies.
- Unconstitutional, but the House didn't care and measure passed with 120+ votes.
- 892 failing schools in Texas.
- Amendment 148 anti-School Choice.
- House Leadership will "motion to table" good amendments.
- Marriage bills left pending; ditto ALAC.
- SB 1340 (Huffines) to eliminate red light cameras still in limbo.