Gov. Rick Perry
Date: May 27, 2004
Topic: End of Session
My Fellow Texans
When I announced this past Spring that I was calling legislators back to Austin to address school finance, I opened the door to the strong possibility that our work on this complex issue would require more than one special session.
Taxpayers should know that lawmakers have made good progress during the recent months and weeks.
And although we have not yet devised a final solution on school finance, the session was beneficial because it clarified the debate and focused the attention of legislators on task at hand.
As we move forward, our goals haven't changed but the challenge has been well defined. Special working groups in both the House and Senate have been formed to hammer out the framework of a solution for both school finance and educational reforms.
I am continuing to work with Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and Speaker Craddick, as well as a bipartisan mix of legislators, to find a solution that provides real property tax relief for Texas families, better schools for Texas children, and a strong job climate for Texas workers.
In the coming days and weeks I will remain actively engaged in negotiations with legislators and leaders of both parties to come to a bipartisan agreement.
I expect these discussions to be fruitful so that I can call the Legislature back into session in the near future. At the same time, I am committed to spending whatever time it takes to address this issue. It is more important to get this issue right than to get it right away. And I think Texans would agree.