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They should have stamped "fragile" on the House budget package. That is how tricky it was to assemble. Chairman Pitts tried to explain to the tea party members that there was no money in SJR 1; it's just a vessel for moving future payments into the Rainy Day Fund for water projects. That didn't seem to mollify the tea party contingent, led by Van Taylor and Scott Sanford, that gathered at the back microphone. Some members worried that the rating services (Moodys and Standard & Poors) would be alarmed because there wasn't enough money in SJR 1. In fact there is no money in the bill, nor was there intended to be any. The money comes later, in HB 1025, where it will be drawn down from the Rainy Day Fund. It will still be necessary for citizens to vote on whether to approive SJR 1. If they don't approve it in November, the Legislature will be back at square one, and action on the water plan will have to wait until 2015.
Haven't we seen this picture before? Speaker Straus performs well for most of the session, but when crunch time comes, he can't close the deal. His team has no cohesion (except for Geren), and there doesn't appear to be a strategy. So Straus falls back into his old persona of presiding rather than leading. It's happened every session he has been speaker. I wrote much the same story line a few days ago, ending with the prediction that Straus would end up putting Rick Perry in the driver's seat. That is exactly where we are headed.
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Friday, May 28, 2010
Want to get campaign training or a fellowship at the Capitol next session?
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tonight there is a SAISD Community Advisory Committee meeting.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I am honored to be named one of the "Men of the Year" by San Antonio Magazine in their June 2010 issue.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I would like to invite you to tune in to Fox News Sunday at 9:00 pm central time as I appear on Geraldo at Large to discuss the State Board of Education (SBOE).
Friday, May 21, 2010
The Legislature will not stand by and allow the Board to continue abusing their authority. During the next legislative session we will review our options for reining in the Board and pass reforms that protect Texas schoolchildren.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tonight I will speak on a panel called "Mixed Roots: Voice" at 7pm in the Guadalupe Theater. Check it out here.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Yesterday, community leaders – as well as “Thomas Jefferson” – joined me in San Antonio to urge State Board of Education members to prioritize our children’s education ahead of their personal ideological agendas....
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
“We don't want liberal textbooks or conservative textbooks,” Villarreal noted. “We want excellent textbooks, written by historians instead of activists.”
State Rep. Mike Villarreal will lead a citizens committee to advise the San Antonio Independent School District in planning for a potential November bond election.
Monday, May 17, 2010
The third annual Texas ENERGY STAR tax holiday is memorial day weekend.
The School Finance Select Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Education both have hearings this week.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The State Board of Education (SBOE) will meet May 19-21 to receive public testimony and vote on the adoption of proposed social studies textbook standards.
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Bella participated in her first spelling bee at Bonham Academy.
Friday, May 07, 2010
Help us reach 1,776 signatures on our State Board of Education petition.
Education job posting with Generation Texas.