Greg Abbott Lied About The School Funding Lawsuit During The Debate

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Greg Abbott lied.

During the debate, when Senator Wendy Davis asked Abbott why he hadn’t dropped the school finance lawsuit, Abbott wrongly claimed that a law passed in 2011 prevented him from dropping his appeal of the decision in which a court has ruled that Texas’s school finance system is inadequate and unconstitutional.

Wendy Davis filibustered $5.4 billion in cuts to public education and started the effort last session that led Democrats to restore more than $3 billion of those cuts. As Governor, she would veto a budget that fails to fund public education.

Last night, Harvey Kronberg called out Greg Abbott for misleading Texans about the school funding lawsuit.

I can tell you that anytime somebody sues the government of the State of Texas successfully over a certain threshold, an Attorney General is empowered and has a great deal of discretion to settle, but over a certain dollar amount, it has to be approved by the Legislature. So he mischaracterized what the law does – it does allow him to settle, it’s simply contingent on legislative approval.

The folks over at Progress Texas have more about the law in question.

Bottom line: not only is Greg Abbott defending $5.4 billion in cuts to Texas public schools, he lied about his ability to drop the lawsuit during the debate.

Texans deserve a governor who won’t look them in the eye and lie about public school funding.

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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