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Texas Take

Jan 19, 2018

Within hours after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott rolled out his plan put the brakes on skyrocketing property taxes in Texas, to GOP cheering, Democrats and a variety of other groups were shooting at it right and left.

Lupe Valdez, at an Austin forum a day later, appeared to leave open the door to perhaps raising taxes -- a comment she walked back within hours. "I'd have to lose a leg before I'd do that, and I don't want to lose a leg," she told a TV interviewer.

As the political season heated up this week, Abbott took heat for blasting state Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston, on a push he said she made to tap emergency funds -- a push that House records show she never made.

As the political squabbling grew this week, with the March 6 primary election getting closer,  so did the  list of additional costs the state will face in the coming year: Recovery from Hurricane Harvey, relying on state funds because federal funding continues to be delayed; $85 million in special education mandates, and perhaps millions more to overhaul the foster-care system to satisfy a just-rendered federal court order.

You can always count on this: Texas Politics are seldom boring, always entertaining.

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