The budget debate turned out to be much less contentious than last session. Conservative veterans scolded Tea Party freshmen hoping to make more cuts.
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It’s budget day in the House!
Under the Senate budget, each student would get $86.50 less in 2014-15 than they did from 2012-13, as the Observer reports.
There’s a dirty little secret hidden in the Senate’s budget celebration: when you account for inflation and Texas’ growing enrollment, the Senate’s budget would actually leave schools with less money per student than they get today.
The Lead: The Senate floor was all polite “thank-yous” and pats on the back yesterday, leading up to the vote on the Senate’s version […]
The Senate passed its budget proposal Wednesday afternoon with broad support—only two senators voted against it. The only real point of debate was whether the budget devoted enough money to public schools.
Senate Finance committee chair Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) said they’re shooting to get the bill out of committee by next Wednesday.
Sen. Tommy Williams said the ongoing school finance lawsuit makes it difficult to even discuss public school funding—let restore any of the funding cut last session. “I wish the school districts would sit down and talk to us,” he said in one wistful moment.
The Lead: The Senate released an overview of its draft budget yesterday. The good news: the figures are remarkably similar to the House’s budget […]