Pitts: Budget Leaders Close on School and Water Funding

The Texas House and Senate are moving closer to a budget agreement that would include $3.2 billion extra for public education and $2 billion for water funding, House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts said Tuesday.

“Hopefully we’ll have an agreement sometime today on public ed, but we’re still working,” Pitts said.

Budget leaders in the House and Senate have been engaged in discussions for weeks on how to address last session’s $5.4 billion in cuts to education and to also put money toward water infrastructure projects. Various lawmakers and groups have floated proposals for tapping the state’s Rainy ...

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