THE BIG CONVERSATION:
Is it raining out there yet? A growing chorus of Republican voices seems to think so.
State Rep. Jim Pitts, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, filed a bill Monday that would draw $4.3 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund, a $9.4 billion pot of reserve money that Gov. Rick Perry and a number of other conservatives oppose tapping, even as the state grapples with a $15 billion to $27 billion budget shortfall.
Perry thinks spending the fund would only postpone the tough decisions that need to be made to balance the budget ...