State budget writers strike deal on $321.3 billion two-year spending proposal

The proposal would leave billions of anticipated tax revenue untouched at a time when the state has more money coming in than lawmakers are constitutionally allowed to spend.

By Karen Brooks Harper & Joshua Fechter, The Texas TribuneMay 26, 2023 8:52 am,

From The Texas Tribune:

Property tax cuts

No raises yet for teachers

New money for tuition freeze – if DEI passes

More cash for retired teachers and current state employees, not for state retirees

Asking voters to approve broadband

No funds for prison A/C, some new youth lockups

New funds for water infrastructure and flood prevention

Funding the fight against fentanyl

No cash for attorney general’s whistleblower lawsuit

Border security fully funded – and then some

No rate relief, but maybe more power plants

Psychiatric hospitals and mental health services

Alternatives to abortion