Here’s one thing Hous­ton doesn’t need: squab­bling politi­cians

The Dallas Morning News - - World -

Af­ter weeks of sol­i­dar­ity among lead­ers in Texas and Hous­ton to help vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey, what a pity to see snip­ing break out. Demo­cratic Hous­ton Mayor Sylvester Turner wrote Gov. Greg Ab­bott early this week seek­ing money from the state’s rainy day fund. And he blamed the lack of in­com­ing cash from the state for his push to raise prop­erty taxes in Hous­ton. Ab­bott shot back the next day that $100 mil­lion in state fund­ing had al­ready been granted — plus an ac­cel­er­ated re­im­burse­ment plan. “The mayor seems to be us­ing this as hostage to raise taxes,” he said. Is this a fis­cal dis­agree­ment? Par­ti­san squab­bling? A sim­ple mis­un­der­stand­ing? They need to fig­ure it out — res­i­dents need help, not sound bites. The ice ap­peared to thaw on Fri­day when Ab­bott de­liv­ered more money and Turner called off the tax hike. Let’s hope the thaw holds.

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