In the latest Second Reading podcast of 2023, Jim Henson and Josh Blank discuss the politics of Texas Senate committee assignments and the first draft of each chamber's budget bills as the Texas Legislature continues to get organized.
Some data points and context mentioned in the podcast
Views of the most important issues facing the state
|Gun control/gun violence||7%|
|Gun control/gun violence||14%||4%||0%|
Attitudes on state government responsiveness and stewardship of tax revenue
|Mostly addresses the needs of Texas residents||37%|
|Mostly ignores the needs of Texas residents||46%|
|Mostly addresses the needs of Texas residents||17%||37%||59%|
|Mostly ignores the needs of Texas residents||69%||36%||26%|
|Mostly careful with people's tax dollars||31%|
|Mostly careless with people's tax dollars||48%|
|Mostly careful with people's tax dollars||19%||24%||46%|
|Mostly careless with people's tax dollars||63%||49%||36%|
About the Second Reading podcast. The podcast has been produced intermittently by Jim Henson for the Texas Politics Project, with production support from UT's Liberal Arts Development Studio, since 2016. You can find past episodes and subscribe to the Second Reading podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.