The Big Conversation:
The House did its dance over the weekend, passing a stark $164.5 billion budget that left virtually no area of state government untouched.
Debate began Friday morning, ran until roughly 1 a.m. Saturday morning and resumed Sunday. (The Tribune team was there the whole way.) The budget bill, which cuts $23 billion altogether from areas like public education and health and human services, was approved on a largely party-line vote, 98-49, late Sunday night.
"It lives within the available revenue that we have to work with," House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, said of the ...