After 16 hours of continuous debate, the House budget passed Wednesday. There weren’t many real divides between members, but a Senate showdown is coming.
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Texas has the third highest rate of HIV infections in the country, but the House voted to defund HIV prevention to pay for abstinence education.
Dan Patrick, in an attempt to find money for his tax cuts, proposed to weaken the “spending cap” just last week. Now, he’s out to strengthen it. Huh?
How an obscure amendment to the state’s property tax code helps Texas corporations get out of paying property taxes and leaves counties—and citizens—stretched thin.
Let the bashing of public schools, immigrants and any limitations whatsoever on guns begin.
In a sign that Abbott, like Rick Perry, is willing to borrow budgeting ideas from the libertarian fringe, he proposed a suite of changes to the fundamentals of state budgeting that would effectively put Texas in a permanent state of austerity and dramatically expand the governor’s budgeting authority.
The fight isn’t over yet: The House still needs to pass Senate Bill 1 to seal the deal.
In a surprisingly quick move, the Senate passed SB 1—the $196.95 billion state budget for the next two years—late Saturday afternoon on a 27-4 vote.
The session adjourns on Monday, but the big question on everyone’s lips at the Capitol is: Will there be a special session?
Luckily, the Senators came to their senses and Williams proposed a bill accepted, even lauded, by his Democratic counterparts. Under the plan, the basic allotment per-student-spending would reach $5,040 in 2015, which is the ever in the state.