Business Interests Question Republican Truths in Texas

By: Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
By: Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Business interests are walking the halls of the Texas Capitol calling on lawmakers to rethink some of their past policies. They are hoping that after the November election they can win some key victories next year.

The business lobby's wish list includes better-educated workers, more spending on infrastructure and an overhaul of immigration policies.

Candidates running for election in November are also taking up these issues, but surprisingly their positions are not breaking along traditional partisan lines.

Immigration policy is the most volatile issue, and one that is dividing Texas Republicans.

During the Great Recession, Texas executives praised lawmakers for their fiscal prudence. Now that state revenues are over $100 billion, they are telling lawmakers it's time to invest in workers and infrastructure. The question is whether lawmakers will listen.

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