Texas House Votes to Exceed Spending Cap

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The Texas House has adopted a resolution that would allow members to exceed the state's spending limit by (B) billions of dollars.

The constraints were added to the Texas constitution in 1978.

The resolution was earlier approved in the Senate.

The plan now goes to Governor Rick Perry.

The Legislature is struggling with higher spending this year because of 14 (B) billion dollars promised to schools – in exchange for decreased property taxes.

That's pushed the draft budget about nine (B) billion dollars over what the state should be able to spend under the constitutionally required spending cap.

The state has enough money to pay for the base budget and the tax cuts.