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April 26, 2013

House OKs emergency spending for schools, fires


AUSTIN, Texas —

Earlier this month, the House approved a $93.5 billion budget for the next biennium that boosts spending across the board by 7 percent. The Senate this week, meanwhile, approved taking $5.7 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund for water and roads projects, as well as public schools.

Under the Senate plan, nearly 70 percent of the $5.4 billion that lawmakers slashed from classrooms in 2011 would be restored starting this fall.

Republican state Rep. Bryan Hughes tried squeezing in an amendment Friday to give district attorneys in Texas a one-time $7,500 payout for security, following the killing of two Kaufman County prosecutors earlier this year. He withdrew the effort after lawmakers questioned cutting money earmarked for judges to pay for his idea.

"It's just a one-time 'Go buy a gun, go buy a monitoring system for your house,'" Democratic state Rep. Craig Eiland said. "But it's not going to be there the next session, the next session, the next session. I just really think you're putting us in a very bad position."

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