74
      Thursday
      93 / 67
      Friday
      90 / 67
      Saturday
      90 / 67

      House overwhelmingly approves $93B budget

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - There's a new Texas budget on the table, and with barely any drama this time.

      A marathon debate over a new two-year, $93.5 billion state spending plan ended late Thursday with overwhelming passage in the Texas House.

      Republicans and Democrats brokered deals and diffused their battles over ideology, while displaying a new air of bipartisanship.

      Even clashes over Medicaid expansion and school vouchers never escalated into full-on battles. And most House members left satisfied over more money for public schools, college campuses and mental health.

      The budget bill passed 135-12 and now goes to a conference committee with the Senate.

      The House plan boosts state spending across the board by 7 percent.

      State employees would see small raises and financially shaky state parks would be spared from closure.

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