Second Reading Podcast: Patrick vs Abbott & Phelan...for now

In a new Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank look at the continuing disagreement among the state's Republican leadership over how to deliver lower property taxes and the political implications of the fight, which finds Gov. Greg Abbott and Speaker of the House Dade Phelan seemingly aligned against Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

Some context discussed in the podcast. 

"Who Doesn't Pay Texas Taxes?"  by Dick Lavine, Every Texan, February 2023. A usefull look at the distribution of the benefits of different approaches to cutting property taxes.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Press conference on property tax reduction, 6 June 2023, via Senate Media Services

Texans' attention to the Texas Legislature (April 2023 University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll)

"How closely have you been following the Texas Legislature this session?"

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Extremely closely10%
Somewhat closely41%
Not very closely36%
Not at all closely12%


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