Second Reading Podcast: Senate Committee appointments & budget bills as things pick up in the 88th #Txlege

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

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Border security18%
Inflation/rising prices10%
Political corruption/leadership10%
Gun control/gun violence7%
The economy6%

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Border security2%14%37%
Inflation/rising prices8%8%13%
Political corruption/leadership22%4%1%
Gun control/gun violence14%4%0%
The economy5%7%4%

Attitudes on state government responsiveness and stewardship of tax revenue

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Mostly addresses the needs of Texas residents37%
Mostly ignores the needs of Texas residents46%
Don't know17%

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Mostly addresses the needs of Texas residents17%37%59%
Mostly ignores the needs of Texas residents69%36%26%
Don't know14%27%15%

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Mostly careful with people's tax dollars31%
Mostly careless with people's tax dollars48%
Don't know21%

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Mostly careful with people's tax dollars19%24%46%
Mostly careless with people's tax dollars63%49%36%
Don't know18%28%19%

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 PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher.


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