State Budget

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Straus Says Texas Needs More Than Tax Cuts

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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Community Colleges Worry About Texas Budget

Texas community colleges have been experiencing a historic growth spurt but might be forced to increase class sizes and lay off employees without additional state funding, some school leaders said.


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Panel To Discuss Higher Education Funding

The battle for higher-education dollars begins as the Senate Finance Committee hears testimony on the funding needs of four state university systems.


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Education Chief Says Funding Talks On Hold

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams told the Senate Finance Committee that it was premature to discuss public school funding until its court case is settled.


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State Budget Writers Take Up School Funding

State lawmakers are digging into education funding as the Legislature returns to business after a nearly weeklong break.


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Vouchers Could Save Texas $2 Billion Per Year

Texas public schools could save up to $2 billion annually if the state allows families to use public funding on private schooling, a school vouchers advocate testified Tuesday at the ongoing school finance trial.


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Texas Budget Debate Begins

The comptroller has laid out the revenue numbers, Republican lawmakers have introduced budget proposals and Democrats and lobbyists have compiled lists of demands. Let the budget battle begin.


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Expert Says Money Doesn’t Make Better Schools

An expert witness in the lawsuit over funding for Texas public schools testified Wednesday that more spending does not necessarily lead to better student performance.


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School Finance Trial Shifts Focus To Efficiency

The lawsuit challenging how Texas public schools receive funding is entering a new phase focused on efficiency.


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$18.9 Million Needed To Keep 20 State Parks

Texas might have to close 20 of its 95 state parks unless the Legislature approves $18.9 million in additional funding, wildlife officials said.


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Dewhurst & Williams To Lay Out Budget Draft

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Williams are expected to lay out the draft state budget, revealing the Republican leaders’ spending priorities for the next two years.


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Dewhurst Ready To Tap Rainy Day Fund

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said, with the state’s population set to double in the next 40 or 50 years, it is time to tap the Rainy Day Fund, which could be nearly $12 billion by 2015.