Tuesday, May 16, 2017

#TXLEGE: Bonnen blusters to cover his failures....

"But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and took from them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people, but I did not do so, because of the fear of God."
Nehemiah 5:15

Cities and counties that balk at an effort to more tightly regulate their property tax collections will find that state officials will “shove it down their throat” in a special session, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dennis Bonnen said Monday.

His comments came as the regular legislative session races to its May 29 conclusion with a number of leaders’ top priorities in limbo — including Senate Bill 2, the property tax measure.

“The cities and counties refuse to accept any version of Senate Bill 2, so I look forward to working with the governor and the lieutenant governor to shove it down their throat in a special session,” Bonnen, R-Angleton, told the San Antonio Express-News.
Read the whole thing here.

A couple thoughts:
  1. None of this would have been necessary if Bonnen hadn't slow walked the bill all session.
  2. That being said, addressing this issue in a special wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.  As we said back in March, SB 2 (as originally filed) is "a good start."  But it's only a start, and a special session would be an opportunity to push the envelope significantly farther than would otherwise be possible.
Bottom Line: We'll see what happens on the issue, but no amount of over the top rhetoric from Dennis Bonnen late in the legislative session will change the fact that we should have been having this conversation a month ago.

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