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March 25, 2020      2:15 PM

SB: The big reset

It’s getting real now: From whiplash on local control to staring down a deficit along with increased chatter about a special session, the “kumbaya” of 2019 is forgotten and Texas leadership is starting anew

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic now sweeping the globe, Texas lawmakers were already in for a nasty 2021 legislative session focused on the most partisan exercise there is, redistricting, and a tighter budget thanks in large part to the collapse of the oil market. When the chairmen of the Texas Senate and Texas House Transportation Committees asked TxDOT last week to hit pause on the state’s road funding plans, oil was at $25 a barrel. By the time QR reported on their correspondence a day later, West Texas Intermediate had dropped to $20.

This all comes as Gov. Greg Abbott, who started his time in office declaring war on local governments and has been consistent about it since, is now largely deferring to county judges and mayors on how to proceed during a statewide disaster.

Legalizing orders of margaritas for delivery is popular. Ordering a shelter in place? Not so much.

We are told Texas House members sounded pensive on a call with Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Sunday, peppering him and embattled Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen with questions about property taxes, potential sales tax deferrals, and the overall state of the state’s 24 month spending plan – the legislature’s most important work product. Hegar shot straight with the members:

By Scott Braddock

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