Monday on The Chad Hasty Show, Washington Times columnist and political analyst Matt Mackowiak joined the show to talk about the latest news in politics and issues for the state of Texas.

Mackowiak and Hasty discussed where priorities lie for the 85th Texas Legislature (which begins tomorrow, January 10, 2017), where conflict areas will be, what the state budget will look like, and chances for passage of "sanctuary cities" and "bathrooms" legislation.

According to Comptroller Glenn Hegar's biennial revenue estimate, $104.87 billion will be available in general revenue for the next budget, whereas in the last session there was an estimated $113 billion. Mackowiak said the reduction will likely be seen in two major areas, on of them being border security, the other in public education. Mackowiak said,

You are almost certainly going to see Texas legislature not fund border security at the same level that they did the last biennium.

Listen to the entire interview with Matt Mackowiak in the video above.

Matt Mackowiak is a columnist for the Washington Times, a political analyst, and is the co-founder of the bipartisan political news blog Must Read Texas.

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