That sound you heard yesterday was the spending cap being officially busted.
It took a GOP majority and the need to subsidize billions of dollars in promised local school property tax relief for the Texas Legislature to vote for the first time to break a constitutional cap on state spending.
I won't bother getting into the details here. You already know what I think of this, and nothing has changed about that. Just remember, if at any time during this session any Republican says we "don't have the money" to fund some vital service at an appropriate level (or at all), over $6 billion of general revenue has been taken out of play to fund this property tax folly. We do have the money, but the Republicans insisted on spending it on property tax cuts instead.
One thing: The final vote on this sucker was 95-50 in favor, but the real vote, as with the Speaker's race, was during the amendments:
It was seen as more palatable for GOP lawmakers to tie the vote to break the cap to property tax relief, an idea with broad Republican support, rather than to general spending. A Democratic push to delay the spending-cap vote until the budget is considered lost 79-68.