House Rejected Late Senate Proposal for Roads Money

A last-ditch effort by Senate budget leaders to find more funding for the Texas Department of Transportation was rebuffed by the House, according to people involved in budget negotiations.

Since the start of the legislative session, Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, and Senate Transportation Chairman Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, have been among the most vocal proponents of finding more revenue for TxDOT, which has said it needs $4 billion more in extra funding each year just to maintain current congestion around the state.

"The one thing I think we’re falling short on is transportation funding,” Williams said on ...

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