AUSTIN (May 17, 2013)--After a week of seesaw talks and rising tensions between Republicans and Democrats over allegedly broken deals, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he expects the House and Senate to agree Friday on a new state budget that would restore $4 billion cut from public schools two years ago.
It’s the biggest give-back to schools on the bargaining table at any point during this session.
One full week at the Capitol remains for lawmakers, and to make this deal and numbers work, a new wrinkle in the Senate offer divulged late Thursday calls for shaving $100 million from the budget.
Which state agencies or programs would absorb those cuts was not known.