Republican Gov. Rick Perry today vetoed the state's $35.3 billion public education budget and called lawmakers back to the Capitol to finally find a solution to the school finance dilemma.
"I recognize this is a bold step, and frankly one I wrestled with," Perry said.
"Ultimately, I determined this action was necessary to ensure we fully fund our schools, provide needed reforms in the classroom, and pass real and substantial property tax relief," he said.
Without state funds, K-12 schools will struggle to educate Texas' 4.3 million students when the new school year starts in August.
Such a scenario could give lawmakers who have been uninspired to find a school finance solution the impetus they need to get the job done.
The special session, set to begin Tuesday, will mark the Legislature's fourth attempt to take up school finance in the last three years, including the last two regular sessions. Perry called a special session last spring, but it ended in failure.
Perry had said he would only call lawmakers back if House and Senate leaders were ready to agree on a plan.
House Speaker Tom Craddick said in an interview Friday with a Midland television station that leaders "have no agreement or no plan that we've agreed upon at all at this point."
It's gonna be a fun 30 days, that's all I know. Oh, and just out of curiosity, what's the record for most special sessions called by a Texas governor? This one's #5 by my count.Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 18, 2005 to Budget ballyhoo | TrackBack