May. 14, 2004
Statement of Gov. Rick Perry on Status of Special Session
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the status of the Special Session.
"Funding our public schools is likely the most complex and important issue that state leaders face, as evidenced by the fact that no legislature has ever solved the matter in 30 days. From the outset I have said that I am committed to spending whatever time it takes to address the issue. Our children and taxpayers deserve no less than our full commitment.
"Over the past few weeks, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Speaker Tom Craddick, the Senate and the House have made significant progress toward addressing the issues of improving education, funding our schools and providing taxpayers much needed property tax relief. Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has said the Senate needs additional time to pass a plan that does right by taxpayers, teachers and school children.
"I am confident that with the kind of disciplined and focused leadership that Speaker Craddick and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst have exhibited, we can and will succeed.
"I look forward to continuing our work in the coming days until we have developed a plan that achieves our goals of ensuring educational excellence, eliminating Robin Hood, cutting and controlling property, and preserving our state's strong job creation climate."