November 15, 2010
Thank you all for coming out today and taking time out of your schedule to think about the upcoming Texas Legislative Session.
Now, I particularly want to thank you for being here because, if you follow what’s going on up at the Capitol at all – and by that I mean, if you occasionally find yourself reading or talking about something besides, y’know, the arguable success of Baylor football (for Baylor, I mean). Or, for that matter, the inarguable lack of success of other teams in Texas right now – then you’ve probably heard things are going to be a little rough under the dome this session.
Really, the only question that’s left is … how rough will things be?
Well, there’s a fascinating answer that you’re starting to hear from some insiders up at the Capitol. I’ve heard it a few times myself in the last few weeks – the same six words, always from very smart, very accomplished folks who have been around that building for a long time.
The response – these folks’ own legislative preview – their quick synopsis of what to expect next session boils down to this:
“Nothing. Good. Is Going. To Happen.”
“Nothing good is going to happen.” That’s the big quote at the top of the movie poster: Texas Legislature; Opens January 11th; “Nothing good is going to happen.”
This thought, this growing consensus – where there’s an incredible apprehension that crosses party lines and philosophical boundaries – is on the budget.
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