Texas lawmakers reached a deal Friday on a two-year spending plan that would restore $3.93 billion to public schools and clear the way for taking $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund for water projects, according to a state official close the negotiations.
A day of escalating tensions over Texas budget talks ended late Thursday with the House and Senate on the apparent brink of a deal that would restore funding to schools.
Texas voters would be asked to authorize $6 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to pay for water and road projects under a new Senate plan that stands out among the biggest proposed.
A marathon debate over a two-year, $93.5 billion state spending plan ended late Thursday night with overwhelming passage in the Texas House. It now goes to the Texas Senate.
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.
Budget writers in the Texas House are set to unveil their own state spending plan after the Senate overwhelmingly approved a $195.5 billion two-year budget proposal.
A proposed $195 billion state budget is headed to the Texas Senate for approval. The two-year budget restores some of the $5.4 billion slashed from public schools in 2011.
Teachers across North Texas are not ready for their Spring Break vacations just yet. They are getting ready to march on Austin to fight for more money and better safety for their schools.
A small group of demonstrators chanting “more funding now!” has gathered in front of the Texas Capitol to call for restoring $5.4 billion in cuts to public education approved by the Legislature in 2011.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is scheduled to testify in a state Senate budget hearing to explain her projection that the state has made a strong rebound from the recession.
A ruling is imminent after months of testimony in Texas’ sweeping school finance trial. The trial began Oct. 22 and involves lawsuits filed on behalf of about two-thirds of public school districts statewide.
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.
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