“You can say I gutted it if you want to say I gutted it,” said Geren.
To quote a conservative activist, “It’s not Buffet’s job to fight to overturn the whole law, though it would certainly be nice if he did.”
“If we do that, in a few years, the Rainy Day Fund could be entirely depleted and we wouldn’t have the resources needed for the tough times that may be ahead,” he warns.
SB 4 will now go back to the Texas Senate where lawmakers can either concur with the amendments made by the Texas House or form a conference committee to hash out the differences between both versions.
Mike Lang’s misguided attempt to appear magnanimous is a major mistake that unnecessarily undermines his credibility.
Texas A&M will avoid a potential controversy by delaying a vote on extending Chancellor John Sharp’s contract.
The bills would hold Texas Central to its promise that it will require no state funds for construction, operation, and maintenance and prevent the company from taking citizens’ property with eminent domain.
The passage of the legislation will unfortunately be at the mercy of House Speaker Joe Straus and his hatchet-man, Byron Cook.
The legislation has been diluted and weakened and conservatives will have to quickly organize if they are to salvage the bill on the House floor.
Straus could still very well kill the legislation by bottling it up in the Calendars Committee or sentence it to “death by deadline” by placing it deep enough in the queue that Democrats can kill it.