Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#TXLEGE: A "Trust but Verify" #SpecialSession

"Therefore by their fruits you will know them."
Matthew 7:20

We're still in the process of digesting Governor Abbott's special session call, but so far two phrases come to mind: "Better late than never" and "Trust, but verify."

However we got here, there's a lot to like in this agenda.  No, everyone's pet issue was not included in the call.  But there are several items that, if successful, would be game changers.

Consider two items: local spending caps and ending mandatory union dues.  If successful, they would permanently alter the relationship between productive citizens and a predatory "public sector."    To understand the long term impact of such a transformation, look at Wisconsin.

Put differently, we think the unhinged hysteria with which our local #atxcouncil reacted speaks for itself.

Now, obviously, these items need to pass.  Equally obvious, given that we're discussing the Texas Legislature, the status quo crowd will engage in chicanery and villainy to attempt to derail them.  But Governor Abbott just took a pretty big risk, which means he's got an investment to protect.

And for Joe Straus to kill all 19 of these items strikes this website as a tall order.

Bottom Line: We're either going to come out of this special session with a bunch of policy victories or a bunch of campaign issues; while the former is vastly preferable to the latter, either one is a win.

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