It’s a tough pill to swallow—one that Republicans should outright refuse given Zerwas’ track record.
Rainy Day Fund
Senators have kept their budget within a conservative framework that limits spending growth
Spending on schools and border security are being held hostage to raiding the Rainy Day Fund.
Despite being told by the Governor to keep their hands out of the state’s savings account, House lawmakers are proposing a spending spree.
The prudent course would be to safeguard the fund for true emergencies.
Thanks to Speaker Joe Straus’s refusal to appoint committees, the Democrat coalition in the Texas House were empowered to ignore the Texas constitution and leave a spending spree on the table.
Abbott also notably sided with Patrick and the Texas Senate on a number of issues.
A list of policy initiatives supported by members of the Texas Legislature is in direct conflict with the ruling coalition of the Texas House.
In what has been a steady trickle over the past few months, Democrat lawmakers and their surrogates have ramped up arguments to tap into the ESF.
By tapping spend-happy politicians to the committee, Straus is signaling that he is willing to break open the state’s piggy bank.