Texas Spending Big On Border SecurityAs a budget shortfall in Texas threatens cuts to colleges and Medicaid, a costly border security operation is proving largely untouchable.
Texas Spending Bill Passes Senate Amid Budget WoesTexas is still belt-tightening in the wake of sagging energy prices. Budget observers put the state short as much as $6 billion to meet the current level of state services over the next two fiscal years.
Texas Republican Says State May Have To Limit Tax CutsA downturn in the state's oil and gas industry may delay or limit tax cuts in the next two-year budget.
Lt. Governor Patrick Vows Tight Spending For Next State BudgetDuring a one-on-one interview at his Capitol office Monday, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick vowed the state will keep a tight lid on spending in the next budget.
Key Issues Facing Texas Lawmakers In 2017Austin and Washington should be far more simpatico under President Trump than the White House's current occupant, but there's still room for potential policy clashes when the Texas Legislature heads back to work.
Texas Lawmakers Champion Local Control, But Reign Over CitiesTexas leaders have sued the federal government dozens of times for what they contend are policies that infringe on local control and states' rights. But when cities have attempted to pass laws on issues state lawmakers have moved to quash those efforts.
Pre-K Plan & Tax Cuts Push Ahead In Texas HouseTax cuts and better pre-K in Texas pushed ahead Wednesday when the House rallied behind a $2 billion proposed sales tax cut before passing an early education bill.
$3 Billion Plan Attempts School Finance FixState lawmakers will get their first look at a $3 billion plan to fix the troubled way Texas pays for public schools without waiting for the conclusion of a multiyear court battle.
State House Passes $210 Billion Budget PlanDebate over the $210 billion spending plan was on track to stretch past midnight before its expected passage by the GOP-controlled Texas House.
State Measure Cuts Funds From HIV PreventionTexas would cut $3 million from programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and spend that money instead on abstinence education under a contentious Republican-sponsored measure.
Schools & Border Big In Texas House BudgetThe Texas House on Tuesday is expected to approve a budget that would drastically increase border security spending and put an extra $800 million into public schools.
Texas Supreme Court To Hear School Finance CaseThe Texas Supreme Court agreed to hear the state's multiyear school finance case, and set a timetable that ensures no decision until after the legislative session ends in June.