A breakthrough on a new Texas budget could be for real this time.
Following a week of seesaw talks and rising tensions between Republicans and Democrats over allegedly broken deals, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said he expects the House and Senate to finally agree Friday on a new state budget that calls for restoring $4 billion of historic spending cuts to public schools two years ago.
That is the biggest give-back to schools on the bargaining table at any point during this session. One full week at the Capitol remains for lawmakers, and to make this deal and numbers work, a new wrinkle in the Senate offer divulged late Thursday calls for shaving $100 million from the budget.
What state agencies or programs would absorb those cuts was not known.