The Brief: Top Texas News for May 14, 2013

The Big Conversation

With the end of the session drawing near, a possible crack in the budget stalemate has emerged.

Amid tension between the House and Senate over how to fund major budget items like water and transportation, state Rep. Jim Pitts, the House's chief budget writer, said late Monday that a Senate-backed measure that has struggled to win support in the House would be heard in committee, as The Dallas Morning News reports.

The proposal would draw $5.7 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund for water, transportation and education under a plan that would go ...

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