Budget Votes to Set Stage for Future Negotiations

The full Texas Senate plans to vote Wednesday on a $195.5 billion budget. A day later, the House Appropriations Committee is likely to vote on its own vision of how the state should spend its money over the next two years.

Then the real negotiations begin, as members from both chambers will start working to hash out the differences.

“The vote that really counts is when you get the conference committee report because that's when you know everything is settled,” said state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas. “This is just the first step in a long process."

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