Once Texas' 'Most Important Tool' Against COVID-19, State Abandons Contact TracingThe new state budget, which took effect September 1, prohibits the use of state funds “for the purpose of contact tracing of COVID-19.”
Despite Budget Hit Hard By Coronavirus, Comptroller Says Texas Will Fulfill School Funding CommitmentsTexas will go from having a nearly $3 billion surplus to a nearly $4.6 billion shortfall by the end of the two-year budget cycle in August 2021.
Battling 18 Blazes, California May Face Worst Fire SeasonSome 14,000 firefighters from Texas and as far away as New Zealand are struggling to curb 18 wildfires in California.
Largest Wildfire In California History Still GrowingOn Monday, twin fires being treated as one incident north of San Francisco became the largest wildfire in state history, destroying 443 square miles — nearly the size of the city of Los Angeles.
Back To Rubble, Some 'Lost Everything' In California FireThe blaze in the Redding area, 225 miles north of San Francisco, is the largest of 18 wildfires burning throughout California.
Wildfires Scorching Homes, Land And California's BudgetJust a month into the budget year, the state of California has already spent more than one-quarter of its annual fire budget, at least $125 million.
Texas Reverses Plan To Cut More Than 100 Rehired TroopersThe Texas Department of Public Safety is reversing plans to lay off more than 100 older state troopers as a means of hitting mandated budget cuts.
Texas Lawmakers OK Budget But 'Bathroom Bill' Still In LimboThe $217 billion spending bill sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will likely be a quiet footnote to a rancorous legislative session that ends Monday.
Texas Lawmakers Finalize $217B Spending BillThe compromise announced Thursday by House and Senate budget leaders boosts funding for the state's troubled child welfare agency but includes no new money for public schools.
Texas Spending Big On Border SecurityAs a budget shortfall in Texas threatens cuts to colleges and Medicaid, a costly border security operation is proving largely untouchable.
Texas Spending Bill Passes Senate Amid Budget WoesTexas is still belt-tightening in the wake of sagging energy prices. Budget observers put the state short as much as $6 billion to meet the current level of state services over the next two fiscal years.
Texas Republican Says State May Have To Limit Tax CutsA downturn in the state's oil and gas industry may delay or limit tax cuts in the next two-year budget.
Lt. Governor Patrick Vows Tight Spending For Next State BudgetDuring a one-on-one interview at his Capitol office Monday, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick vowed the state will keep a tight lid on spending in the next budget.
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.