A hastily called Joint Committee on Appropriations and budget just recessed and members are filing into the House chamber to push the deal through.
The deal includes huge new spending on common education.
It hikes fuel taxes, sales taxes, oil production taxes, and several other regressive measures.
The economy will no doubt be greatly burdened with carrying the load of an ever-growing state government.
Echols started out the floor procedures by moving to suspend the chambers rules which do no allow for a vote on legislation not yet, written, distributed, or read by the members of of the House.
It took some suspicious maneuvers to get the motion to suspend the rules to attain the 2/3 vote. It seems to have come down to Chuck Strohm & Sean Roberts (who just happen to be the co-chairs of the Platform Caucus).
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