Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-18 21:09:43 –
The Governor of Texas reportedly refused to fund the state legislature in response to a previous Democratic lawmaker who went on strike during the most recent session to prevent the passage of priority bills.
Texas Tribune And Dallas Morning News Governor Greg Abbott reports that he has refused part of the state’s budget to fund the state legislature, its staff, and legislative bodies. The governor threatened to do so in late May.
In statements obtained by the two newspapers, Abbott argued that Texas people would never “leave their unfinished business” and “should not fund those who quit their jobs early.”
The legislature is not immediately affected by Abbott’s actions. Funds will be terminated at the beginning of the state’s fiscal year beginning September 1. Budget decisions may be revoked if a member is recalled to a state legislature for a special session.
State legislature Chris Turner responded swiftly to Abbott’s move, alleging Republican abuse of power. He said the governor’s actions were “an unforgivable and dangerous attack on the separation of powers.”
Abbott’s legislation and Democrats are categorically opposed to the Texas election practices involved. It will overhaul the state’s voting rights, as other Republican-led legislatures did.
Republicans also wanted to pass a bill that would change the state’s bail process.