Mayor Betsy Price had finished her address to about 1,200 people attending the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s State of the City event on Wednesday.
It had been a friendly talk, like she was telling close friends about very serious accomplishments and challenges at City Hall.
Then she answered questions, including an inquiry about her favorite color (red). The event was about to end, but the last question was no throwaway.
She was asked about the city’s view of the legislative session underway in Austin and the most important issues being discussed there.
Price, finishing her second two-year term as mayor and headed for a third (she has no opponent in the May 9 election), clearly was ready for that one.
Transportation and education are always important, she said, but what had her riled up most were legislative threats to the iconic Texas concept of local control.