Abbott could cement his popularity & conservative credentials with one move

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Robert Pratt

On Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott said “We’ve got plenty of time to continue in this regular session. I think it is highly inappropriate for a football player playing in the fourth quarter to start talking about going into overtime. We have enough time to resolve these issues in regular session.”

The question becomes what must be resolved for Abbott to not call a special session.

Yes, the budget if not completed would require such but odds are it will get done before the 140th day of the session which is Monday, Memorial Day. But what about all the other important issues the Governor has pushed for and the public seems to want passed?

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Gov. Greg Abbott

Will Abbott hide behind tepid and questionable language passed by the House on the issue of privacy, the so-called bathroom issue which is about so much more than bathrooms or, will the governor insist we get a real bill that stops the overreach of local government on the issue?

What about ethics reforms? Will Abbott judge diluted items acceptable despite his putting such in the priority stack or, will he demand legislators come back and do the full job?

The same applies to many issues with none as important to our long term economic health as meaningful property tax reform.

Nothing the House has done on property tax reform is enough for even a light pat on the back and not taking action puts it off another two years.

Nothing the House has done on property tax reform is enough for even a light pat on the back and not taking action puts it off another two years.

We’ve been trying to reign in the explosive growth in property taxes aided by appraisal creep for more than a decade. Why not put the hammer down now and force legislators to go on the record about whom they represent – taxpaying voters or local government officials?

Abbott could cement his conservative leadership and popularity with Texans by sweating real property tax reform out of legislators this summer and voters would love it no matter what the press reports.

What do you think?...

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