As this Texas legislative session draws to a close, all eyes are on Austin to see if lawmakers can deliver on the two things they promised voters — reforming the property tax and school finance systems. Last week we took a look at the key players in the property tax debate. This week we’re focusing on school finance.
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|$15,000.00||Political Action Committee Of The Independent Insurance Agents Of Texas|
|$10,239.85||Texas Association of REALTORS Political Action Committee|
|$10,000.00||Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC|
|$7,500.00||Houston Pilots PAC Fund|
|$5,000.00||ACT for Texas Classroom Teachers Association|
|$5,000.00||Blackridge Consulting LLP|
|$5,000.00||Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas|
|$5,000.00||Pam & Bruce Stringfellow|
|$5,000.00||State Farm Agents Political Action Committee|
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|$88,534.98||Murphy Nasica & Associates|
|$34,000.00||Ragnar Research Partners LLC|
|$33,159.46||Gables at the Terrace|
|$23,800.00||Galveston County Republican Party (P)|
|$20,943.18||Darling Promotional Products|
|$16,000.00||Mark Williams (Consulting)|
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|$5,250.00||Galveston County Republican Party County Executive Committee|
|$3,740.00||Galveston Republican Women - PAC|
|$1,072.00||Bay Area Republican Women PAC|
|$1,000.00||West Pearland Republican Women|
|$502.50||Tri County Republican Women|
|$500.00||Eric Moye||Moye, Eric V. (The Honorable)|
|$500.00||Monica McCoy Purdy||Purdy, Monica McCoy (Mrs.)|
|$270.00||Pearland Area Republican Club|
|$100.00||Valerie Baston||Baston, Valerie (Ms.)|
Last week we reported that lawmakers had lumped this session’s most prominent pieces of legislation — property tax reform, school finance reform, and a sales tax — into one codependent heap. Yesterday, the Senate took steps to remove and kill the sales tax portion of the heap.
Texans were promised that this legislative session would be different. Unlike every legislative session in recent memory, when gridlock and acrimony were the order of the day, Austin politicians promised this time to work together and deliver for Texans. Every session in recent memory was dominated by the power battle between the conservative and liberal wings of the Republican party, represented by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick on the right and former Speaker of the House Joe Straus on the left.