July 13, 2017      4:24 PM
Updated: Days before special, House and Senate at odds over how best to bolster public education
Patrick calls Speaker’s school finance plan a “ponzi scheme”; Straus says “It’s encouraging to see the Lieutenant Governor’s newfound focus on school finance reform.”
With less than a week to go before the start of the special session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick shifted his focus to
address Speaker Joe Straus’ top
priority: Public education. As has been the case all year, they do not see eye
to eye on a path forward. The speaker, however, welcomed Patrick to the debate
he’s been asking for all along.
a “20 for 20” lapel pin in support of Governor Greg Abbott’s potential 20-item agenda for the special session, Patrick
pointed out that ten of the 20 items on the governor’s agenda passed the Senate
during the regular session.
were killed by the Speaker, and that’s why they’re back on the call,” Patrick
said. Patrick mentioned he had “noticed a lot of House members” wearing the “20
for 20” pin. He didn’t mention that there are more and more people wearing a
“Sunset and Sine Die” pin as well in the hallways of the Texas Capitol.
By Lyanne A. Guarecuco