Texas Lawmakers Have The Checkbook Out

AUSTIN (March 31, 2013)—Texas lawmakers slashed spending in 2011, but with the comptroller predicting the state will raise $101.3 billion over the next two years, the Republican-controlled Legislature is spending more freely during the current session.

In 2011, the budget amounted to $81.2 billion.

So far this spring, lawmakers have already tacked on $6.6 billion, and budget-writers in the House want to add $765 million more.

This week the Texas House is expected to pass a new two-year budget totaling $93.5 billion, a 15 percent increase over the budget signed by Gov. Rick Perry two years ago.

The extra dollars this time around were made possible by a thriving oil and gas industry and a recovering economy.

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