AUSTIN (April 17, 2013)--Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday urged lawmakers to leave at least $7 billion in the state's Rainy Day Fund.
Perry said Wednesday a Texas Senate proposal to take $6 billion from the reserve fund is "a little too much."
The fund balance is projected reach $12 billion if left untouched.
Perry said he would like to keep at least $7 billion in case of a major natural disaster.
Perry has also called for $1.6 billion in business tax cuts, and says it may mean tapping the Rainy Day Fund to cover those costs.
Last week, the Senate Finance Committee passed a constitutional amendment that could mean spending $2.5 billion of Rainy Day Fund money for water projects, and $3.5 billion more on transportation improvements.