Texas Among The Two-Thirds Of States Facing Budget ChallengesThe $4 billion that lawmakers left unspent after their last session two years ago appears to have evaporated. Now Texas could be as much as $6 billion short of the money needed just to keep the status quo.
Oil Slump Socks Texas Budget, Making Spending Cuts LikelyA prolonged oil slump is leaving Texas with a grim spending forecast, and one top Republican lawmaker says budget cuts are now certain.
Expected Surplus Won't Lessen 2013 Texas Budget FightShortfall and sacrifice: that's how the Texas Legislature two years ago defended gutting $5.4 billion from public education, laying off thousands of public workers with slashed spending and stripping Medicaid to the bone.
State Budget Capped At $77.9B For 2014-15The 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.
Longoria Lobbies Against Texas Disability CutsActress Eva Longoria lobbied lawmakers and spoke at a rally on behalf of the mentally disabled on Tuesday. She said if the Legislature passed proposed cuts in services it would bring "shame on Texas.''
Texas Legislature Convenes Amid Budget ShortfallThe Texas Legislature opened its 2011 session Tuesday with a blast of conservative chest-beating, a fizzled leadership challenge and a gigantic budget shortfall that could change state government.
State Lawmakers Faced With $15 Billion ShortfallTexas lawmakers will have $72.2 billion for general purpose spending over the next two years, a $7.8 billion drop from the last state budget, according to figures released Monday.
Texas Budget Balanced (Audio)