If there is one question that nearly every individual confronts me with as I go about my civilian life during these dog days of summer it is: Do you think there will be a special session?
My answer is always, yes. Too many things need to be done that were left undone!School finance is the big one I agree, but there are also a number of other items, like tuition revenue bonds for growing universities like UT-PA for example, that were left on the table uncompleted.
It will be these smaller items, continued negotiations, plus other political considerations that I won't expand upon at this time, that will be the impetus for a special session. I am still standing by my earlier prediction of a special session at the end of this month.
Will a solution be reached on school finance during the foretold special session? Not if history is any judge of success. Remember people who weren't exactly political lightweights like George Bush and Bob Bullock have all been down this road before. With regards to education, Texas has unfortunately been guided by court decision to get it moving.
This representative is ready to give it a go! Here is the answer in a nutshell: Texas needs to support a high quality public school system. All Texans should have equal access to a high quality education.
Texas politicians have not historically supported either because they are afraid to make tough political choices because they think Texans are unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve that goal. Polls will tell you that this is false, Texans value a quality education for their children over all else.
It is the political figures who are unwilling to exhibit leadership on this issue not the average Texan.I for one am ready, I know what I need to know. Texans shouldn't depend on court's to manage their state.
Come on Governor, pull the trigger, let's give it a go!
LATE NOTE: The Quorum Report has late this night confirmed from a reliable source that special session is imminent, possibly Tuesday.