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Senate budget panel approves $308 billion spending plan with new money for teachers, mental health, juvenile justice

The proposal for the 2024-25 budget cycle includes $142.1 billion in general revenue spending — about $5 billion higher than the proposal approved last week by the Texas House — at a time when lawmakers have a historic $32.7 billion surplus at their disposal this session.

State Capitol in the late afternoon on June 12, 2017.

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