Texas Tribune: Under the Dome

Watch this: The Texas Tribune’s latest episode in the “Under the Dome” series is out today. This one looks at the challenges state lawmakers face this session in addressing school finance and property tax reform — two issues that have been earmarked by state leaders as priorities.

The state of Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency items: Will property tax and school finance get reformed?
By Alana Rocha, Justin Dehn, Richard Loria, Todd Wiseman and Woojae Julia Song
February 14, 2019

Lawmakers have their marching orders. Gov. Greg Abbott identified a list of emergency items — issues that the Legislature can begin tackling immediately. The state Constitution prevents legislators from passing bills within the first 60 days of the session unless the governor designates them emergencies.

Reforming property taxes and the state’s school finance system, as well as boosting teacher pay, are at the top of his list. But will more time result in real change?

We explore the factors at play in our latest episode of “Under the Dome.”

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“The state of Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency items: Will property tax and school finance get reformed?” was first published at by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

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