"But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived."
2 Timothy 3:13
[Note: For a complete account of last night's budget shenanigans, see Empower Texans here, LoneStarVoice here, and the Trib here.]
The Texas House passed it's draft "budget" last night. To be honest, it was everything you would expect from a chamber controlled by Joe Straus. Nevertheless, one move from Tampon lobby water carrier Drew Springer stands out even by their standards:
The biggest drama of the night came after Representative Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) filed an amendment to nix funds for a $900,000 agriculture program intended to mass exterminate wild hogs in order to stop the "hogapocalypse," as it's been called. Stickland called the "feral hog abatement" program a total waste of taxpayer dollars — which had rural lawmaker Drew Springer (R-Muenster) rattled. To retaliate against Stickland, Springer tacked on an amendment to Stickland's hog proposal that would eliminate $900,0000 of the Texas Department of Transportation's road maintenance funds specifically for Bedford, Stickland's hometown. Springer's vindictive amendment actually passed, officially making Stickland the most despised dude on the floor and forcing Stickland to withdraw his feral hog amendment. The two lawmakers nearly got into a physical fight on the House floor.Read the whole thing here.
Learn more about Drew Springer's stupid tampon bill (including its completely predictable co-author) here.
Bottom Line: Yes, 99 members of the Texas House of Representatives actually attempted to punish a colleague by eliminating funding to relieve traffic congestion in a major urban area.