Texas Senate, Facing Tight Budget, Hunts for Revenue

The Texas Senate isn’t allowed to raise money. It’s right there in the state’s Constitution, which says all revenue bills must originate in the House.

But there goes the Senate, sending Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, and a subcommittee of budgeteers on a hunt for “non-tax revenues” that could be used to put enough meat on the skimpy proposed budget to get senators to vote for it.

To get the votes he needs to pass the budget through the Senate, Steve Ogden, the Bryan Republican who chairs the Finance Committee, needs to spend money the House won’t let him have. Next ...

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