Thursday, July 28, 2005

A victory in defeat

A victory in defeat: "The controversial school finance plan and tax-swap measure went up in flames in the Texas House this week, confirming yet again that all politics is local.

Despite Gov. Rick Perry's assurance — one echoed by other state leaders — that a deal was imminent, the school finance and taxing schemes died as a result of local politics. Call this a win for Texas schoolchildren.

The school finance plan went down 79-62, and the tax-swap proposal met a crushing 124-8 defeat. Obviously, the school finance plan pushed by Perry and House Speaker Tom Craddick, both Republicans, couldn't muster enough GOP support. Also, few legislators wanted to be on the record supporting a plan that would give Texas the nation's highest sales tax."


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