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.
TX Supreme Court Judge Issues Challenge To LawmakersTexas Supreme Court Chief Justice asks lawmakers to approve legal funding for military veterans and says laws making it a criminal offense to skip school are not working.
State's New Budget Gives Slight Increase For Public EducationRepublican legislative leaders in Texas are calling for modest increases in spending for public schools and the overall budget for 2014-15.
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.
Budget Board Sets $77.9 Billion Limit On StateThe Texas Legislative Budget Board has set a $77.9 billion cap on state spending in the 2014-15 budget year, a 10 percent increase.
Poll: Education Most Important Issue Facing TexasAccording to poll results released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Texas Lyceum group. more than one-fifth of Texans say education is the most important issue facing the state.
Negotiators Approve $172 Billion State Budget... Now To ChambersHouse and Senate negotiators have approved the Texas budget for the next two years, sending the plan to the full chambers for consideration.
State Lawmakers Wrap Up Budget Agreement, Weekend Vote ExpectedThe last pieces of the next two-year state budget is finally coming together, but funding it will still take some work. The budget conference committee should have the full budget deal approved by Thursday, setting up a weekend vote.
Leaders: Agreement On $80.6 B Texas Budget ReachedNegotiators reached an agreement on a two-year $80.6 billion Texas state budget that makes billions in cuts and will likely result in massive state layoffs, legislative leaders announced Friday.
National Budget Deal Would Free Up Money For TexasA deal on the federal budget would remove the strings attached to $883 million in stimulus funds for Texas.
Bill To Tap Rainy Day Fund Before Texas HouseThe Texas House is debating legislation that would make up for a $4 billion deficit in the current budget. The measure makes about $800 million in cuts and assumes the use of about $3.2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund.