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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.

01/23/2013

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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.

01/20/2013

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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.

01/17/2013

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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.

01/15/2013

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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.

01/14/2013

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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.

01/14/2013

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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.

01/08/2013

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State Lawmakers Take Conservative Budget Posture

Politicians in Washington may be talking about compromising on the federal budget, but in Texas, Republicans are taking an early, hardline stance on state spending.

11/18/2012

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State Budget Capped At $77.9B For 2014-15

The Texas Legislative Budget Board set a $77.9 billion cap on state spending Thursday for the 2014-15 budget year, a 10 percent increase above the current discretionary spending limit.

11/15/2012

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Texas Lawmakers Look At State Finances

Texas lawmakers are meeting Wednesday to take another look at the state’s finances ahead of what could be another budget-cutting legislative session that starts in January.

10/17/2012

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Higher Registration Fee Could Fund New Roads

The Texas Association of Business believes that, if the state raises registration fees by $50 per vehicle, and dedicates that money to road projects, it would create an additional $16 billion.

10/17/2012

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State Budget Leaders To Get Financial Update

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.

08/03/2012

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