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Robert Francis
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.

 

CHRIS TOMLINSON, WILL WEISSERT,

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Legislature is coming back for the last day of the special session to try to pass a key transportation measure.

Both the Senate and the House needs a two-thirds support on Tuesday for a constitutional amendment that would divert money away from the state’s Rainy Day Fund. The measure would free up at least $840 million a year for Texas roads. Experts say the state needs $4 billion in additional spending to maintain the current network.

Lawmakers have been trying to hammer out a deal for weeks on what Gov. Rick Perry has named a top priority. But conservatives are angry it will not set a minimum balance for the Rainy Day Fund.

Perry has promised to call a third special session if the measure does not pass.

 

 

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