June 09, 2005
You're negotiating! You're really, really negotiating!

Perry hopeful schools deal will surface

Gov. Rick Perry is optimistic about reaching an agreement on school finance after meeting separately this week with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick.

"It's very fair to say he feels better today than he has since the end of the session," Perry spokeswoman Kathy Walt said Wednesday.

Is it just me, or is all this happy talk from Governor Perry beginning to sound a wee bit desperate?

But Craddick indicated the House may not be willing to pass a tax plan unless ordered to by the Texas Supreme Court, which hears arguments in a school finance case July 6.

"They met, and they are definitely negotiating," said Alexis DeLee, a spokeswoman for Craddick. "They are working very hard to reach an agreement on public school finance, property tax relief, truth in taxation and appraisal caps."

Remember: Until Tom Craddick says there's progress being made, don't believe anyone who tells you there's progress being made.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 09, 2005 to Budget ballyhoo | TrackBack