The Republican governor gave a more extensive list of agenda items that are “critical” and that he intends to have Texas enact.
Late Monday night, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the plan for the first special session of the state legislature. The list includes cutting property taxes and giving money to fix the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Abbott said on Twitter that he would be “signing laws that advance our state and the future of all Texans.”
The list of things to do was ending COVID’s limits and requirements for good, giving more than $5.1 billion for border security and the Texas National Guard, protecting female college athletes and women’s rights from playing sports, and stopping children from getting gender mutilation, which changes their lives.
Abbott also said he wants to call Mexican drug gangs “foreign terrorist organizations” and let people who die from fentanyl be charged with murder.
The Republican governor said that lowering property taxes and stopping people from being brought into the country illegally would be his top priorities.
Abbott said, “We need to lower property taxes.” “We added $17.6 billion during the regular session to cut property taxes. On the other hand, the lawmakers could not agree on how to spend money to reach this goal.
He kept saying, “Texans want and need a way to eliminate property taxes. The best way to do this is to use money from lowering property taxes to lower school property taxes.
Abbott also praised the work of the Texas lawmakers, but he said there would be more special sessions to move his plans forward.
“Despite these big accomplishments, the people of Texas still need more help. “There are still many important things that need to be passed,” the governor wrote. “There will need to be a number of special meetings. Only a few priorities will be added each session so that each one gets the time and attention it needs to become a law.
Earlier on Monday, the governor of Texas held an event at the Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza to honor those who gave their lives for their country.
“Today, we remember their sacrifice and honor their families,” he wrote on Twitter, along with pictures from the event. “Texas will never forget how much they paid for our freedom.”
In another tweet, he said, “Memorial Day reminds us that freedom doesn’t come for nothing.”
And, “Today, we honor the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy every day in America. May God bless them and their family.”