Members of Texas Senate Panel to Talk Taxes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It's a working weekend for the Texas Senate Finance Committee as members look at taxes and school finance. Lawmakers will convene Friday and over the weekend to discuss the five tax bills that have been approved by the Texas House.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst says the committee would work until it can reach a consensus and take four bills to the full Senate.

But he was noncommittal about the fifth bill, which would dedicate all extra revenues raised by the revised business tax, cigarette tax and used vehicles tax -- to property tax relief.

Some Democrats have balked at that measure because it means the money can't go to education.

Dewhurst says the Senate still plans to add a teacher pay raise and other education reform measures to the first bill.

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