News For Monday, January 7, 2013

The Brief: Top Texas News for Jan. 7, 2013

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 31, 2012, in Houston addressing the crowd at a watch party following the announcement that he lost the U.S. Senate runoff to Ted Cruz.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 31, 2012, in Houston addressing the crowd at a watch party following the announcement that he lost the U.S. Senate runoff to Ted Cruz.

The approaching legislative session — now less than a day away — has pushed one politician squarely into the spotlight.

Combs: Lawmakers Will Have $101.4 Billion for Budget

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, citing a robust economy,  releases the Biennial Revenue Estimate showing that the state is projected to have over $100 billion available for spending in the next biennium.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, citing a robust economy, releases the Biennial Revenue Estimate showing that the state is projected to have over $100 billion available for spending in the next biennium.

A day before the start of the 2013 legislative session, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs delivered much-improved budget news compared with two years ago. Lawmakers will have $101.4 billion for their next two-year budget.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Jan. 7, 2013

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, citing a robust economy,  releases the Biennial Revenue Estimate showing that the state is projected to have over $100 billion available for spending in the next biennium.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, citing a robust economy, releases the Biennial Revenue Estimate showing that the state is projected to have over $100 billion available for spending in the next biennium.

Your evening reading: Combs delivers improved state budget news; Huffman to lead Senate Republican Caucus; Cornyn calls Hagel "profoundly wrong" on national security issues

HHSC: New Women's Health Program Has Enough Providers

Nicole Griffis, nurse practitioner, consults with a patient at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas.
Nicole Griffis, nurse practitioner, consults with a patient at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas.

The Health and Human Services Commission says the Texas Women’s Health Program has a greater capacity to serve impoverished women than its predecessor, a joint state-federal program that ended after the state excluded clinics affiliated with abortion providers.