Texas pushes ahead with 'bathroom bill' as others shy away

They actually made a motion to amend the House's bill - which raises about $100 million mostly by imposing new taxes on economic sectors such as telecommunications and communications - into the Senate's version.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said, "We're still a ways away from having solutions here".

"I move that we refuse to concur", said House Majority Leader Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, who particularly objected to the increase of the sales tax to 7.25 percent.

The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. It's time for lawmakers to try something different to stimulate West Virginia's economy, he said, adding that the bill would close the state's projected budget deficit in the fiscal year that starts in July without requiring deeper funding cuts for education and social services.

Gov. Greg Abbott, center, offers a pen to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, right, after he signed SB7, a bill to address inappropriate teacher-student relationships, after he signed it during a ceremony at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Austin.

"Although Texas House leaders have been obstinate and closed-minded on this issue throughout this session, I was hopeful when we put this package together last week that we had found an opening that would break the logjam", Patrick said in a statement. Lawmakers have yet to reach a compromise on tax issues to fund a budget that now has a projected gap almost $890 million through June 2019, before any education increases. Instead of supporting those Texans, those House members buckled under the demands of education bureaucrats.

The House narrowly passed its legislation to overhaul the healthcare system and dismantle major parts of the Obamacare law, formally called the Affordable Care Act, that was Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, overcoming unified opposition from Democrats. "I'll continue trying. Let's at least attempt to rescue this bill".

The Senate's changes to HB 107 also would end state income taxes on military pensions and Social Security benefits, similar to the House version that passed Friday by a 74-17 vote. The Eudora School District would see a $638,000 increase in state aid, while state funding for the Baldwin City district would rise by almost $453,000. "Ladies and gentlemen, the budget is closed". But supporters of the bill said the changes Taylor suggested would make the bill unenforceable.

"The conference committee report (that was pulled Wednesday) is still there", he said. The Senate was willing to defer payments to managed care organizations under Medicaid, Taylor said. He said one idea involved charging insurers $1.50 per policy sold and diverting that money into such funds. Ultimately, he scaled it down to appease the House but, true to Huberty's words, Taylor's bill was dead on arrival.

The bill is aimed at responding to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling in March that said current funding for Kansas public schools is inadequate and unconstitutional. "I told the president there would be a point at which we might well want him and the vice president to be helpful", he said.

The House refused to agree to the vouchers, called education savings accounts, which would have allowed special needs children to use public money for a private school education or homeschooling. A majority of House members believe that such programs lack accountability, wouldn't improve student performance and would strip money from cash-strapped schools.

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