If you weren't paying attention to the school finance drama spilling forth from the great pink dome of the Capitol all year, here's what happened: a whole lot of nothing. Well, a lot of blood was spilled and a lot of time and money went to waste, but in the end, lawmakers had nothing to show for their, er, work. By the time the third session ended in August, House Speaker Tom Craddick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, pachyderms both, were in a full-on bitchfest over who should pay more taxes to fund education – the true crux of the stalemate. Dewhurst wanted businesses to shoulder the load; Craddick favored sticking it to consumers. Meanwhile, the Texas Supreme Court is scheduled to rule any day on whether the existing school-finance system is constitutional. Sadly, no matter how the court rules, the Lege will still have to take another stab at school finance. In other words, they'll be back.
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