Now that the Texas Supreme Court has ruled that the state's current tax system is unconstitutional but the level of funding to achieve "adequacy" in schools is okay for now, what's next? Since nobody expects Governor Perry to call another special session prior to the March primaries, there will be a lot of time to analyze the impact of the ruling and play out the various scenarios for the upcoming fight over changing who gets taxed for what. Here's a roundup of reactions from around the blogs:
State Rep. Aaron Pena, who points to this statement by Retired Judge F. Scott McCown, the jurist who presided over the public school finance cases from 1990-2002. McCown notes that "The Court did not rule that "Robin Hood" or "recapture" is unconstitutional", though I think everyone expects this to be its death knell.
UPDATE: Houtopia weighs in.Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 23, 2005 to Budget ballyhoo | TrackBack