Texas Voting Standoff Jeopardizes Pay For Up To 2K Workers

Donovon Rodriguez, chief of staff for Texas state Rep. Ray Lopez, walks around the Texas capitol with his wife, Jenny Tavarez, and daughter, Evelyn Belle Rodriguez, for whom he is the sole provider, Monday, July 26, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Rodriguez could lose his job by Sept. 1, if legislative budget funding is not restored. Texas. (AP Photo/Acacia Coronado)

(AP) — Up to 2,000 Texas legislative staffers are caught in the political crossfire in the standoff over voting restrictions.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed the Legislature’s $400 million section of the budget after Democrats walked out of a legislative session in May and blocked the GOP’s plan to reduce polling hours and ballot access.

Many of those same Democratic representatives are now in Washington to continue to thwart Republicans’ plans on the same restrictions. But that means the Legislature also can’t vote to restore its employees salaries. If nothing changes, legislative staffers will go unpaid starting Sept. 1. There is a lawsuit pending before the Texas Supreme Court.


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