Governor’s State of the State Address Set for February 8

Gov. Rick Perry has already put his mark on the 2011 legislative session by putting agenda items like photo IDs for voters and immigration enforcement by local police and sheriffs on a fast track with so-called “emergency” declarations. Some folks would say there are more pressing concerns, like balancing the state budget without destroying core public services like education, but the governor will have a chance to explain his priorities for this session on Tuesday, February 8. That’s when he’ll give his “State of the State” address to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate. The Hotline will report on the speech; we’ll be listening for some acknowledgment of the need to tap the Rainy Day Fund, as one sign that the speech is serious about solutions to the state’s huge revenue shortfall.