UPDATE 12:42 p.m.: Texas gov. Greg Abbott told lawmakers Tuesday to get to work on better funding for the state’s beleaguered child welfare system and banning so-called “sanctuary cities.”
Abbott used his second State of the State address to echo president Donald Trump’s executive actions that would withhold taxpayer funding to local governments that don’t comply with federal immigration agents. But Abbott wasn’t specific about what a Texas anti-sanctuary law should look like.
The Texas’ child welfare crisis has resulted in rising deaths and hundreds of allegedly abused or mistreated children going unseen by state investigators. The problem has worsened despite Abbott ordering an overhaul last year.
Abbott also ordered an immediate hiring freeze of state employees to address a budget deficit. He also called on lawmakers to craft a budget that does not dip into state government reserves, or “rainy day fund.”
Abbott is also calling for a review of the state’s school finance system that the Texas Supreme Court ruled was only barely constitutional last summer. Abbott also called for school vouchers, an effort that has stalled repeatedly in Texas legislature despite steadfast support from top conservatives.
For more on Abbott’s speech, read the tweets below from Houston Public Media/News 88.7 Government and Politics Reporter Andrew Schneider, who was at the state capitol for the speech.
PREVIOUSLY: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is laying out a new agenda that’s expected to enthusiastically embrace President Donald Trump’s crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities.”
Abbott on Tuesday will deliver his State of the State address to the Republican-controlled legislature at a time when Trump’s executive actions on immigration and building a border wall promise to heavily impact Texas.
Abbott hasn’t commented on Trump banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, which has sparked protests nationwide.
One Trump policy Abbott clearly backs is denying funds to local governments that don’t fully cooperate with federal immigration agents. Abbott has said he also wants criminal penalties.
You can see live video of the speech below, plus live tweets from Houston Public Media/News 88.7 Government and Politics Reporter Andrew Schneider, who’s at the state capitol for the speech.