House Speaker David Ralston just walked out of an hour-long, closed-door meeting with his Republican caucus – presumably on the tax overhaul impasse that has roiled the last few days of the Legislature.
He offered no details of what was said inside, but observers could see that House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal addressed caucus members first. Ralston spent the last 30 minutes of the session answering questions.
Upon exiting, Ralston gave no sign of any progress toward a tax measure that would garner – without any changes — majority votes in both the House and Senate.
Asked if the House would see a bill today, the speaker said, “I don’t know. I don’t speculate in terms of time. We’re still talking.”
But Ralston hinted that more time would be needed. And the betting is that the Legislature won’t meet Friday, in order to give negotiations more time. Asked about a Saturday session, which he had suggested, Ralston played down the possibility.
“The Senate feels different about Saturdays than I do. Apparently, they’ve got plans. We haven’t ruled that out. We plan on talking about that later this afternoon,” he said.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider