Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Editorial: Perry's gamble

Editorial: Perry's gamble: "Governor puts school year on line with surprise special session

In poker lingo, Gov. Rick Perry has pushed all his chips to the center of the table and declared, "I'm all in."
Perry, known for post-legislative surprise vetoes, pulled off his biggest surprise Saturday by vetoing the legislature's $35.3 billion funding bill needed to operate Texas' public schools.

At the same time, Perry called yet another special session in an attempt to come up with a new method to fund public schools.

Perry and Texas lawmakers have unsuccessfully attempted to reform public school financing over two regular legislative sessions and one special session.

The stakes this time are no less than the prospect of not being able to open Texas schools this August, the possibility of more lawsuits filed against the state and the likelihood of some ruined political careers."


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