Who calls special sessions? Oh, right, it's Rick Perry. Some foolish Republican wants to blame Wendy Davis for what Rick Perry does. By the way, is Rick Perry going to call a THIRD special session? So So careful with Texas taxpayer money,
In the wake of yesterday's epic fail on transportation funding it looks like state legislators are headed back to Austin for a third month-long special session, and it won't be cheap. As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports this morning, each extra month the legislature's in session costs $800,000, bringing the likely toll on taxpayers to $2.4 million. Much of this could have been avoided, of course. Lawmakers could have done what they're elected to do and finished their business in the spring. Failing that, they could have set aside inflammatory topics and focused on addressing the state's glaring funding shortfalls in water and transportation.
or, instead of blaming the obvious, You Could Be A Republican, averse to learning Texas Senate rules and blaming others- haha
"I am upset at the cost," Representative Giovanni Capriglione, a Tea Party Republican from Southlake, told the Star-Telegram. "I think we need to remember why we are having this extra special session. One state senator, in an effort to capture national attention, forced this special session.
Right. Because it was Wendy Davis who called ALL the special sessions, including, possibly a third one because Failed Presidential Candidate Rick Perry didn't get what he wanted for another try.
Speaking of that possible THIRD expensive special session. Govt Ooops Gets a Hot Foot
Oops wanted the Legislature to take a ball-peen hammer to the Texas Constitution to let him drain off $840 million a year in reserve funds and give it to his developer pals for spec roads. We here in Dallas know what that's all about. The downtown real estate sharps here have been fighting for 15 years to get a billion dollars in public funding for a road along the Trinity River that will carry so few cars it can't pay its own way as a toll road.
Ah, toll roads. There's the rub. As a true free market troglodyte, Oops is supposed to believe that roads should pay their own way. Let the market decide. If there's a real market for a road, build it, charge tolls and pay for it without public money. That, I believe, is the true pitchfork line.
Given the immense negative impact that new highways have on the physical and cultural environment, I myself am beginning to like the pitchfork approach better and better. Seems like a good test. If it's so badly needed, people will pay to use it. If they won't pay, don't build it
That's Thug Rick Perry. For Toll Roads except when he's being courted..
Did you know you can buy a Rick Perry chia head? Perfect for putting in your Gangsta-styled rumble room while watching Godfather flicks and drinking maple syrup.
Texas loses court battle with EPA. What will poor poor Rick Perry do now that Texas is being told to have clean air?Probably crying in his gas mask.
How about that state funding for education?
The pro-bonds’ group said that under Perry’s education plan, Texas has cut funding for public schools by 25 percent.
State education spending in 2012 was 25 percent lower than it was in 2002, adjusting for inflation and the real effects of the 2006 law giving the state more responsibility for education revenues.
Yet Perry didn’t cause the reduction by himself; lawmakers acted, too. This clarification is missing from the group’s statement, which we rate as Mostly True.
Rick Perry outraged that the UNITED STATES government wants to stop Texas obvious gerrymandering efforts against minorities.
Under a little used provision of the Voting Rights Act, however, jurisdictions with recent histories of deliberate voting discrimination can still be made subject to preclearance. Republicans in Texas deliberately attempted to weaken Latino voting power during the last redistricting process.
Perry issued a public statement accusing the Obama administration of "demonstrating utter contempt for our country's system of checks and balances, not to mention the U.S. Constitution," saying that "This end-run around the Supreme Court undermines the will of the people of Texas, and casts unfair aspersions on our state's common-sense efforts to preserve the integrity of our elections process."
Unfortunately for Perry, his objections don't make much sense, common or otherwise. For one thing, the Supreme Court did not strike down Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act, which is the provision of the law Holder says they intend to use–so the move is neither an "end-run" around the high court's ruling nor an affront to checks and balances. It's using the law for its intended purpose.