NPT Capitol: Quintanilla: For medical school, ‘They went around the delegation’
NPT asked state Rep. Chente Quintanilla if the debacle over stormwater bills exposed what was wrong with the delegation. After all, if a simple bill which everyone agrees with can’t get passed because of egos and infighting, what chance does the delegation have of passing the big stuff like funding for a third building at the Medical School?
Quintanilla said that the Medical School funding had been secured in the past despite the delegation, not because of it.
“For years we were having a problem as to who was going to get credit for the medical school funding,” he said. “Finally I think in the end, the leaders in El Paso were able to work with the Governor and work with the Speaker to get the funding for the medical school.
“They went around the delegation because the delegation was having some infighting and I think the speaker at the time understood that we were having problems.”
A little speechless, NPT asked the state Rep where El Paso went from here. This session will see modest increases in funding for UTEP and EPCC, some expansion of CHIP and Medicaid funding, a new interchange at I-10 and loop 360. But those things have more to do with the Obama stimulus package than the delegation.
Is infighting El Paso’s Achilles heel in Austin?
“I don’t know if this problem is inherent to El Paso, I think Houston and Dallas have their own problems,” said Quintanilla. “You know there are 150 egos in the House of Representatives.”
— Ben Wright