Good Times or Bad, the Texas Budget is Tight

Two years ago, Texas lawmakers didn’t have enough money to spend. Now, it seems, they can’t spend all the money they have.

Back in 2011, they were forced to cut programs and services — in part by their own promises not to raise taxes and fees.

Now they’re fenced in by self-imposed spending caps, the need to fill some of the gaps in the current budget and a school finance lawsuit that could require a multibillion-dollar remedy this year.

The lead budget writers two years ago said the money wasn’t available for everything the state was already doing. They didn’t ...

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