Inside Texas Politics (4/2/17)

Newsmaker: Republicans take another shot at repealing Obamacare

NEWSMAKER

Republicans will take another shot at repealing Obamacare during this congress, according to U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. The longest serving medical doctor in Congress right now and Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce's subcommittee on Health took questions in studio from host Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram on healthcare, immunity for General Flynn, and whether Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes should recuse himself from the investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 election.



STATEWIDE

The bi-annual budget unanimously approved by the Texas Senate slashes education spending by $1.8 billion. Property taxes could increase to make up the difference in local schools. Ross Ramsey, the co-founder and executive editor of the Texas Tribune, explained the formula behind it, how North Carolina’s repeal of its bathroom bill might affect similar legislation here, and the political impact of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s criminal trial potentially starting next month.


MY VOICE

House Democrats are raising the issue again. Several bills in the legislature propose increasing the state's minimum wage to more than $10 an hour over the next five years. Ed Gray from the Commish Radio Show argues why Republicans should take a closer look this time.


NEWSMAKER 2

Thursday is likely a long day in the Texas House. That's when members debate their version of the state's budget, and cuts are coming. The version that made it out of committee slashes funding to the poor and disabled who rely on Medicaid by $2.4 billion. State Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, and a member of the House Appropriations Committee, explained how the impact would be felt, whether North Carolina’s repeal of the bathroom bill took pressure off the Texas House to hear legislation here, and the changes to rideshare in this state that have widespread support.


FLASHPOINT

Even Republicans admit, it was a stunning failure. After seven years of political promises, conservatives could not repeal Obamacare. The fallout sparked Flashpoint. From the right, Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer and from the left former Democratic State Representative Domingo Garcia.


ROUNDTABLE

Reporters roundtable put the headlines in perspective each week. Bud and Ross returned to discuss how the president can get tax reform passed if he’s asking Republicans to fight their own Freedom Caucus and Democrats, Ted Cruz vs. Beto O’Rourke and Ken Paxton vs. Christi Craddick in 2018, and how the House will amend the Senate’s school voucher bill.

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