Editorial: It’s time for our legislators to answer the question they’re avoiding

A supermajority.

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer

This evening, October 5, 2017, at 6:45 p.m. at Incredible Pizza on South Loop 336 in Conroe, 230 South Loop 336, Conroe, Texas 77304, at the Montgomery County Eagle Forum, three of our local members of the Texas House of Representatives will give a legislative review of the recent 30-day Special Session of the 85th Legislature of Texas where the Governor, Texas Senate, and Texas House of Representatives accomplished absolutely nothing but cost taxpayers millions of dollars. The per diem to the 181 legislators alone came out to over $1.04 million. That figure doesn’t include the cost of lights, paper, and other overhead expenses.

The fundamental question is: With supermajorities in both the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives and with a Republican in the Governor’s Mansion, why did they fail to get anything done? Property tax reform was the main reason for the session. Nothing happened. There were many other easy pieces of legislation they couldn’ve passed. Nothing happened.

At this point, I’m not in the least bit interested to hear a report about all of what the legislature accomplished. That would be the moral equivalent of saying, “I’m on a diet. I only ate 1 candy bar today.” But then I failed to mention that I also ate 6 pounds of bacon, 4 loaves of bread, six sticks of butter, and a deep-dish pepperoni pizza.

Republicans in Texas have a very detailed Party Platform. Republicans have 95 out of 150 of the seats in the Texas House of Representatives. Republicans have 20 out of 31 seats in the Texas Senate. We have a Republican Governor. Last time I did any math, those numbers would suggest that absolutely every single legislative initiative in the Republican Party Platform should’ve passed the legislature and signed into law by around September 1 of this year.

The 85th Texas Legislature was a spectacular failure! Gentlemen, please stop telling us that you only ate one piece of candy (passing a nice local bill establishing elections for the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, especially since passing local bills is a very simple process in the Legislature). We’re not that stupid. Stop telling us you passed a “conservative budget.” You didn’t. You increased spending and failed to address the necessary areas of spending cuts. We’re not that stupid. Stop mentioning how local governments are so bad. Don’t worry, I’m asking local governments to stop mentioning how the state legislature is so bad as well. Point to yourselves instead of others down the road. We’re not that stupid.

If you can’t answer the question, then I request that the legislature who are the “special guest speakers” just opt to show us how well they can eat the all-you-can-eat-pizza instead of jawboning us with nothingness.

Answer the question. Since you may have forgotten it by now, here it is again:

With supermajorities in both the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives and with a Republican in the Governor’s Mansion, why did they fail to get anything done?

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