Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Another Special Session!?

The big story, right now, is that Gov. Perry is threatening to call another special session as early as Thursday. One thing to keep in mind is that it's all predicates on HB 2 passing this session. Here from Pink Dome is what HB 2 is all about:
ALTHOUGH THE HB3 TAX BILL MAY NOT PASS, HB2 INCLUDED SO-CALLED "EDUCATION REFORM" PROVISIONS THAT WOULD PROVE EXTREMELY HARMFUL TO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND SOME DEMOCRATS MAY NOT YET UNDERSTAND THAT HB2 COULD GO INTO EFFECT SHOULD HB3 PASS IN A FUTURE SPECIAL
SESSION.

THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT ON HB2 INCLUDES THE WORST OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE VERSIONS OF THE TWO VERSIONS OF THE BILL. THE ONLY "REAL" PASS THROUGH TEACHER PAY RAISE IS $500, NOT THE AMOUNT THE LEADERSHIP IS SPINNING. THE BILL'S UNFUNDED MANDATES EAT UP ALL THE SO-CALLED "NEW MONEY" LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS WOULD RECEIVE, LEAVING THEM WITHOUT ANY NEW DISCRETIONARY FUNDS. THE PLAN WOULD PROVIDE A FINANCIAL WINDFALL FOR RICH DISTRICTS LIKE HIGHLAND PARK AND DESTROY EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE EQUITY.
The other interesting part of the post from Pink Dome is that it's a call to make sure all Democrats are on the House floor tomorrow for the vote. Some were in their districts because of the hurricane.

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