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.
Plunging Oil Prices To Impact Texas RevenuePlunging oil prices are expected to dampen how much money state lawmakers will have to spend when the Texas Legislature returns to work in Austin this week.
State House Set For Major Budget VoteLt. Gov. David Dewhurst said that he is taking State House leaders at their word, and that delicate pieces of a complicated Texas budget deal will be passed on Wednesday.
Source: Texas Lawmakers Reach Deal On State Budget 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.
Dewhurst Says State Budget Nearly DoneA 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.