Emergency Services Agency Has Cash It Can't Spend

The agency that oversees the state’s 911 system and poison control centers has both too much money and not nearly enough.

What’s more, every Texan with a phone is paying to keep it that way.

State budget writers have plans to allocate around $110 million to the Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC). Agency officials say they need at least $38 million more to update their antiquated 911 system and avoid shuttering two of the state’s six poison control centers.

Such tussles over funding happen in every legislative session. The twist in this case: The state is sitting on more ...

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