Battle Over Budget Caps Looms in Texas

After the Legislature cut billions of dollars from the state budget in 2011, some hoped to see at least some of the funding restored in 2013. But with the next legislative session quickly approaching, others are pushing to limit that spending.

By law, Texas lawmakers can’t increase state spending by more than the rate of personal income growth, which is set before each legislative session by the Legislative Budget Board. The board recently set that rate at 10.7 percent, or about $7.5 billion more than the present budget.

But immediately, Republicans on the budget board, led by Lt ...

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