Government by Lawsuit Gives Cover to Texas Lawmakers

Judges have been telling legislators what to do since we set up government to replace knife fights and bar brawls. It’s a logical way to get things done: elect people to represent you, and set up a system of redress to keep them in check.

Simple enough.

The current school finance system was devised by lawmakers in the face of a legal threat. So was its predecessor, and that one’s predecessor. When lawmakers won’t spend the money or make the necessary cuts to keep things constitutional, the courts demand remedies.

Government by lawsuit in Texas bloomed in ...

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