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Texas Public Policy Foundation’s David Guenthner Says Budget Still Needs A Lot Of Work In Remaining Days of Session [AUDIO]

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On the Tuesday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, David Guenthner from the Texas Public Policy Foundation talked with Chad Hasty about the latest coming out of the Texas legislative session.

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There are only 13 days left in the regular Texas legislative session. And according to Guenthner, there’s still plenty of work to be done, particularly on the budget. He said that at the moment, roughly two-thirds of the budget has been finalized, but portions of the budget dealing with public education and water and road infrastructure have not been addressed yet. Additionally, there is also the issue of the budget including the demands Governor Rick Perry for lower taxes and water funding.

“The most recent iteration of it that came out last week was that {Governor Perry] wanted no increase in transportation fees, he wanted the $2 billion for water, and he wanted $1.8 billion in tax cuts. The bill that would have increased transportation fees was brought up on the House floor last week and before it was called up for a vote, the author pulled it down…Piece 2 is the $2 billion for water, it’s still pending but it appears that that’s going to happen assuming they can get a few Democrats to sign off on water without education, which has been kind of the sticking point up until now. The last piece is the tax cut element, and it’s going to be interesting to see if they’ll be able to hit the target the governor set.”

Guenthner says if the budget does not meet the governor’s requirements, there’s a good chance he could call a special session.

Although the regular session is wrapping up, there are still a few education bills to keep an eye on. Guenthner said that both the charter school bill and the testing requirement bill could still see some action before the session ends.

Throughout the Texas legislative session, you can listen to David Guenthner Tuesdays at 9:05 during The Chad Hasty Show on NewsTalk 790 KFYO. For more information on the Texas Public Policy Foundation, visit their website at  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter @TPPF.

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