Perry Calls Third Special Session After Transportation Bill Flops Again

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About an hour after the close of the second special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature -- the one where the state lege pushed through the antiabortion bill but choked again on transportation -- Gov. Rick Perry did what he said he would and called a third special session.

This move came after legislators failed to pass measures for transportation funding for the second special session in a row. (Which is kind of like flunking math in summer school and then going to the next summer school session and flunking it yet again.)

Roads always have the potential to be an issue, but transportation funding has gotten a big push from Perry because of the increased oilfield traffic from plays like the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas and the revived Permian Basin in West Texas, which has been a boost for the economy but bad for roads.

Democrats and Republicans had worked out a compromise for the second attempt to pass the legislation during the second special session -- a constitutional amendment to divert half the oil and gas revenue from the Rainy Day Fund toward road construction and maintenance that voters would vote on in 2014 -- but the compromise left people dissatisfied on both sides of the aisle, according to the Texas Tribune, hence the reason it failed to pass again.

"A plan was on the table that would have taken a significant step toward improving our roads and highways using existing revenue," Perry stated in a release issued Tuesday. "Inaction is a Washington-style attempt to kick a can down the road -- but everybody in Texas knows we're rapidly running out of roads to kick that can down. For those reasons, I'm calling the Legislature back into another special session immediately."

(Technically it's a Texas-style attempt since the lege is pretty much owning this whole failure-is-an-option thing.)

Perry must be ready to pull some of that perfect mop of hair right out of his head, but roads, while important, are nothing compared to the issues that have highlighted the other two special sessions this year.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, some lawmakers are griping about the $1.6 million bill for the first two special sessions, blaming Sen. Wendy Davis's filibuster at the end of the first special session, and arguing that Davis should pay for the second session, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Each special session can last up to 30 days and costs about $800,000, the Star-Telegram reports. Now lawmakers will have a third one to gripe about, but they can't blame this one on Davis.


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Amy McMullen
Amy McMullen

I know and I am greatful! Maybe we can elect a person who cates about the working class people!

Matthew Hall
Matthew Hall

What is it called when you keep doing the same thing and expect a different result?

John Hodges
John Hodges

Follow the money.... I will almost bet that Clueless Rick stands to gain lots of money from this..

Amy McMullen
Amy McMullen

Money is no object to Mr Perry! He don't care he doesn't have to pay for it! We are just waiting until we can vote him and his kind out of office!

Kirk Equality Childress
Kirk Equality Childress

hey, lt gov Dewhurst says that socialists are blocking the transportation bill. so texas republicans must be totally infiltrated by socialists.

curaecivem
curaecivem

Only in Texas.  This is the governor who recently announced he would not run for his 10,000th term -- as if he had an option. What a joke.

Jenna Gruse
Jenna Gruse

No matter how many sessions and how many tax dollars each session costs us. Thanks d-bag!

Eric Dellafave
Eric Dellafave

Hey dumbass... Who funds Planned Parenthood? fiscal health my ass.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Right, because clearly, banning 2nd & 3rd trimester abortions and severely limiting access to 1st trimester abortions was "vital" to the state's fiscal health.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

If you don't want educated, healthy, and insured workers, how the fuck do you expect your Starbucks latte to be adequately prepared, served, and not contaminated or your overly priced gadget to be properly repaired & maintained?

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

A "surplus" that was less than 1/3 of the previous deficit, which resulted in the gutting of nearly every state public service. Yeah....look at history and understand fiscal policy.

Eric Dellafave
Eric Dellafave

If you dont want good bridges and highways, how the fuck are you going to get your Starbucks Lattes and your iPhones... Liberals are fucking retarded....

Eric Dellafave
Eric Dellafave

Look at our surplus and understand economics and infrastructure.....

Eric Dellafave
Eric Dellafave

Like I said, get out of the state if you dont like it....

Mel Lanteigne
Mel Lanteigne

when do we get to vote the douchetard out of office

Tony Gutierrez
Tony Gutierrez

Now that he doesn't have to worry about getting reelected he's gonna try and pass the most ridiculous thing he can come up with

Patrick
Patrick

Ms. Wray, re-read the frst graf for clarity.  The "if" in the third line seems like it should read as "after"

Jeff Hunter
Jeff Hunter

this Legislature needs to understand that they cannot go home until the agenda that was bought and paid for has been delivered...Rick Perry calls an emergency session to pass a bill that takes millions from emergency funds to build non-emergency highways...

Eric Dellafave
Eric Dellafave

If Wendy Davis didn't filibuster the vote, they might have finished this in the second special session.. For all those that want to complain, Get out of the best state in the union. This state will remain red.

Autumn Smith
Autumn Smith

Perry needs to eat a bag of whale dicks and shut the fuck up. Nobody likes him anymore, not even the Repubs that voted him in.

sherye.johnson
sherye.johnson

Republicans control the house, the senate, and the Governor's office and yet they couldn't pass a transportation bill? They are now going to raid the Rainy Day Fund, with our permission, for transportation funding, which they have neglected for a decade. 

A few years ago they cut $5 billion from education saying "let them do more with less". So these road contractors need to do more with less also.


We have to vote to allow them to raid the rainy day fund. I vote no.


h_e_x
h_e_x

@Amy McMullen Just like when the taxpayers were on the hook for the $10,000 plus a month bill for his mansion rental while the governors mansion was being remodeled after the mysterious fire that was never solved even though the entire building is surrounded by cameras.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@Eric Dellafave There's an element of retardation here, alright, but it's you. It's the REPUBLICANS, especially those of the Tea Party persuasion, who are adamantly resisting ANY attempt to finance roads with any new revenue. They proposed tapping the so-called Rainy Day fund, that is, they proposed to finance operations with a reserve, but other legislators are balking at that (and rightly so, IMO.)

Does EVERYthing you post somehow blame "liberals" ? I suspect so.

h_e_x
h_e_x

@Eric Dellafave Does that mean you'll leave the United States for criticizing the President? I'm just trying to get some consistency here and am trying to use your own logic. 

Hanabi-chan
Hanabi-chan topcommenter

Logic has nothing to do with Dellafave's mindset h_e_x.  If they couldn't agree on the issue in this session, what makes anyone think they would in the first one?

h_e_x
h_e_x

@Hanabi-chan They just need more time to rake in special interest money. As for the above commenter, I just feel kind of sad for him. Desperately trying to hold onto his youth while lashing out on the federal government with some hard core logical fallacies thrown in. Hell, he is even talking to himself in more recent comments.  

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