Compromise reached last week seems to be crumbling
What had been a relatively quiet legislative session in Austin took a turn towards controversy on Monday. As a result, lawmakers could wind up putting in some overtime this year.
And they'd be working overtime on the budget. The deal that had been struck late last week seems to be falling apart. Water funding is one reason why. Analyst Matt Mackowiak says tax relief is another.
“Conservatives are saying it spends too much, cuts too little and reduces taxes too little,” Mackowiak said.
State Senator John Whitmire believes the deal struck last week might not go through this week.
“The House has to approve it. I feel certain the Senate will approve the compromise version. The House has to come up with 100 votes,” Whitmire explained to KTRH.
Governor Rick Perry said he wanted $1.8 billion in tax relief. The current proposal comes up $631 million short. John Whitmire is not sure Governor Perry will accept it when it arrives on his desk.
“We hear all types of rumors and indications that the Governor is going to veto certain parts,” Whitmire told KTRH.
Mackowiak says it all depends on what Governor Perry is willing to accept in terms of as compromise.
“The tax relief is short of what Governor Perry wanted. The question now of is he going to be willing to accept it,” Mackowiak said.
Many in Austin now thinking we could see a special session called to get the budget done to everyone's liking. There was already talk that there would be a session called later this year on redistricting and education.