AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas House of Representatives is to begin debate on a $93.5 billion state budget.
The latest version of the two-year state spending plan is scheduled for a vote on Thursday.
Lawmakers are boosting spending over the last budget passed in 2011, when the recession caused revenue to plummet. The Legislature began the 2013 session with $101 billion to spend, and they’ve restored more than $6 billion to the current year’s budget.
The draft 2014-2015 budget would increase spending on education but not enough to make up for $5.4 billion in cuts made in 2011.
Democrats want to restore all of those cuts by tapping the Rainy Day Fund. Some tea party Republicans want to further limit state spending.
Lawmakers will consider 267 proposed changes to the budget on Thursday.
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