Rick Perry called a special session of the Legislature to pass “legislation which ratifies and adopts the interim redistricting plans” used in the 2012 election. This is a map which maintains Republicans' iron, unrepresentative grip on Texas' congressional delegation. Rick Perry is desperate to get this map passed because a federal court ruled in April that Republicans intentionally discriminated against minorities in the controversial 2011 map, leaving a new map to be drawn by a San Antonio federal court. That map is likely to be much more fair, and thus give much more opportunity to Democrats. Perry wants to get the still-discriminatory-but-slightly-less-so 2012 map solidified so Texans don't get a fair map.
The daily cost to taxpayers of this craven politically-motivated session? A full $35,000. The cost for this whole special session, if it goes the full 30 days? Between $1 million and $1.2 million.
Read more below the jump.Can Texas afford to spend this money? Our education system is still under-funded, we give away millions in corporate handouts to Rick Perry's friends, and our health care system is the worst in the country. Texas could clearly spend this money in better places, but instead it's going to further institutionalizing Republicans' unfair grip on the state's congressional maps.
Texans deserve fair better and as usual, they will get far worse.