Texas House, Senate Face Impasse Over Budget

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Republicans control both chambers of the Texas Legislature, but that hasn't kept them from reaching an impasse over the state budget.

Lawmakers have plenty of cash to spend after years of slashing spending, but Republicans don't want their conservative values called into question. Democrats are fighting to make public schools get funding. Gov. Rick Perry is pushing for $1.8 billion in tax cuts.

Texas senators have chosen to shield themselves from criticism by asking voters to decide on spending $6 billion from the Rainy Day Fund on water, roads and public schools.

Speaker Joe Straus calls that California-style governing. He insists that if lawmakers think it's important to fund the state water plan and build highways, then legislators should vote to take the money from the Rainy Day Fund themselves.

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