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Perry: Special session if no $1.8B in tax cuts

WILL WEISSERT,Associated Press

 

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry is threatening to call a special legislative session if lawmakers don’t send him a budget with $1.8 billion in tax cuts.

The Legislature finishes its work May 27 — unless Perry summons it back into session.

The House late Tuesday passed a tax bill proposing $667 million in breaks for Texas businesses. Perry said Wednesday that was “a third of the way there.”

He added: “If folks want to go home at the end of this legislative session” he’d have to see a budget including $1.8 billion in tax cuts.

Perry says he wants no fee increases for transportation and $2 billion for water and infrastructure projects.

The hard line was a tactical change for Perry, who has had a low-key role in pushing legislation this session.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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