The $2 billion for a new state water fund that Gov. Rick Perry prioritized this session has finally reached his desk for approval.
Texas transportation officials are scheduled to give lawmakers a road map for the challenges the state faces in keeping up an aging highway system to move its growing population.
House Speaker Joe Straus suggested possibly raising the cost of a driver’s license to help the state’s congested roads. Texas drivers currently pay a price of $25.
House Speaker Joe Straus said that Texas needs more than tax cuts in order to thrive, and said that investments in education, infrastructure and water sources are also needed.
Republican legislative leaders in Texas are calling for modest increases in spending for public schools and the overall budget for 2014-15.
The Texas House will adjourn next week and remain out of session for six days in observance of Marin Luther King Jr. Day and the U.S. presidential inauguration.
Republican leaders in Texas are back to work at the Capitol with an agenda that includes tax relief, abortion restrictions and spending restraint.
State Rep. David Simpson said that he’s running for Texas House speaker while another conservative favorite, state Rep. Bryan Hughes, is abandoning his bid for the post.
After years of chatter, water appears to have finally percolated to the top of the Texas Legislature’s agenda.
Texas voters chose more of the same in the Texas Legislature next year. They maintained the partisan balance in the Senate and added only a handful of Democrats to the House.
The Texas Comptroller’s office is giving budget leaders a rundown of the state’s financial picture, just months before what will likely be another lean legislative session.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has called for an end to an accounting practice that masks how taxes and fees are really spent.