Budget Battles Still Ahead for Texas Legislature

The state Legislature heads back to work in less than a year, and the state’s improving economy won't likely save legislators from the protracted budget battle that awaits them.

The state ended 2011 with about $1.6 billion more in revenue than was predicted. According to comptroller spokesman R.J. DeSilva, many of the state’s economic indicators are pointing in the right direction.

“Sales tax is a major source of our revenue and it’s been doing well, increasing for 20-plus months now because of a combination of strong business spending and industries like oil and gas ...

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