First Texas House Budget Bill Leaves $5.5 Billion Unspent

AUSTIN (January 14, 2013)—Texas House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, the chamber’s chief budget writer, said Monday the first budget bill will leave $5.5 billion in unspent projected revenue on the table.

Pitts said Monday the $89.1 billion budget draft covers enrollment growth in public schools, but he made no mention of restoring the $5.4 billion that lawmakers cut from classrooms in 2011.

The bill also gives no money to the state's embattled $3 billion cancer-fighting agency that is currently under criminal investigation.

Pitts said the bill will be filed Tuesday.

The Texas Senate was expected to unveil its budget bill later Monday.

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