Tribpedia: Budget

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The Texas Constitution requires the Legislature to balance its budget every year without borrowing against future receipts. That bars the government from deficit spending and forces lawmakers, who meet for 20 weeks every two years, to constantly balance demands for programs and services against voters' desire to limit taxes, fees and other costs of government.

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Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst answer questions from the media after a series of education bill signings on June 10, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst answer questions from the media after a series of education bill signings on June 10, 2013.

Amid Criticism, Perry Defends State Budget

Gov. Rick Perry is pushing back against  conservative critics who say the state budget is growing too fast. Perry is still analyzing the legislation, but his strong defense of it was the clearest signal yet that he plans to sign the two-year, $197 billion appropriations bill into law.

TribLive at the Austin Club featuring State Rep. Jim Pitts and Sen. Tommy Williams  on financial issues facing the 83rd Texas Legislature.
TribLive at the Austin Club featuring State Rep. Jim Pitts and Sen. Tommy Williams on financial issues facing the 83rd Texas Legislature.

Senators Hope to Revive Plan to Fund Roads

A plan to fund Texas highway construction by diverting half of the money that currently feeds the state's Rainy Day Fund could find new life in a special session.

83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't

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Lawmakers raced to get several bills passed before the 83rd Legislature's regular session ended. And with Monday's announcement of a special session, their work isn't done. Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short in the regular session. 

Crowds of visitors, lobbyists, and lawmakers turned out to the Texas capitol for the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.
Crowds of visitors, lobbyists, and lawmakers turned out to the Texas capitol for the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.

Liveblog: What's Left for the 83rd Legislature

The clock is ticking for lawmakers hard at work to pass prize bills in the final days of the 83rd legislative session. Here's a look at what's still outstanding. Check back often: We'll update this story as deals are brokered or broken. 

 

State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, votes 'aye' to table certain instructions to conferees on HB1 budget bill on May 6, 2011.
State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, votes 'aye' to table certain instructions to conferees on HB1 budget bill on May 6, 2011.

Polling Center: Budget Endgames and Public Opinion

The public doesn't closely follow legislative debates over the budget, but sometimes those budget debates line up pretty accurately with public opinion.

State. Sen Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, negotiates with a group of senators, including John Whitmire, D-Houston, on a prison health care measure on April 2, 2013.
State. Sen Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, negotiates with a group of senators, including John Whitmire, D-Houston, on a prison health care measure on April 2, 2013.

Texas House, Senate Negotiators Reach Deal on Budget

After days of negotiations, House and Senate representatives agreed to a budget plan that would add roughly $4 billion in extra funding for public education. It also paves the way for a $2 billion fund for water infrastructure projects. The plan still needs approval from the full House and Senate, as well as the governor.

House Appropriations Committee chairman Jim Pitts, l, R-Waxahachie, and Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, at the early morning meeting on May 17, 2013.
House Appropriations Committee chairman Jim Pitts, l, R-Waxahachie, and Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, at the early morning meeting on May 17, 2013.

House Democrats: Budget Deal Still Not in Place

UPDATED: Half a day after Senate budget leaders said the contours of a budget deal were in place, confusion and uncertainty reigned in the Capitol as key negotiators argued over competing proposals.