Monday, July 18, 2005

Lawmakers agree to half of finance plan | News for Austin, Texas | Local News: "While few lawmakers wanted to have the special session, many fear that Gov. Rick Perry will immediately order another if they don't pass the two bills by Wednesday.

'We really don't want to be here during the month of August,' said House education committee Chairman Kent Grusendorf, R-Arlington.

Asked if Mr. Perry will call another session if this one fails, Mr. Craddick said: 'I have no idea what he'll do.'

Mr. Dewhurst was expected to use the threat of a prolonged stay in Austin to try to persuade Democratic senators not to filibuster any compromise.

Nonpartisan legislative analysts have found that proposals to cut property taxes and raise sales and business taxes generally would reduce the tax burden only for Texans making about $140,000 or more. The rest would generally pay more."


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