On Friday's edition of The Chad Hasty Show, Patrick Svitek from the Texas Tribune joined the broadcast to discuss the new atmosphere present at the start of the 86th legislative session in Austin, and the many issues ahead for the legislators.

Speaking about the purposeful indications of cooperation that is being put forth by leaders in the state capitol, Svitek said,

The so called 'Big Three', the governor, the lieutenant governor, and, as you know, the newly elected house speaker, they took some serious pains this week to show that they are all on the same page, and they are putting up a united front heading into this session...It contrasts with the way that things ended up at the end of the last session, the 2017 summer special session, when there were very serious tensions among all three of those leaders, Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and the then House Speaker Joe Straus. And so I think that they recognize that things ended on a sour note at the end of last session, and they want to send a note that things are going to, at least start on a better note this time around.

Svitek and Hasty talked about other issues that will be a priority in the session, including school finance reform, property tax reform, and how some 'Rainy Day' funds may be used.

Listen to the entire interview with Patrick Svitek in the video above.

You may read more of Patrick Svitek's reports on his page at the Texas Tribune.

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