AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry said when the Legislature
opened that his goals included new regulations for abortion, tax
relief for small businesses and replenishment of his job creation
It's not clear yet how successful he'll be, and he's running out
Lawmakers adjourn June 1, and next year's Republican primary
race against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is looming. The next two
weeks are critical to Perry's aenda. But Perry's fond of pointing
out that major legislation often comes together in the final few
days of the Texas session.
Lawmakers writing the two-year spending plan seemed willing to
put money into the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Emerging
Technology Fund, which Perry uses to create jobs in Texas. Whether
he gets about $500 million combined that he wanted for the accounts
is far from certain.
An increase in the business tax exemption for companies from the
current $300,000 to $1 million in revenue won approval in the House
but hasn't made it through the Senate.
The GOP-backed voter identification bill won passage in the
GOP-dominated Senate, but odds for the bill are slimmer in the
House where the partisan makeup is almost even.