National Budget Deal Would Free Up Money for Texas

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    Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is welcoming news that a deal on the federal budget would remove the strings attached to $830 million in federal funds for Texas.

    If passed into law as expected later this week, the bill would remove a requirement that Gov. Rick Perry use the funds to supplement existing school spending rather than just replace state funds in order to balance the budget.

    Dewhurst says the funds will be a big help when the state is facing a $27 billion budget shortfall in order to maintain the current level of services.

    Dewhurst says the money will be spent on education. The current draft budget would cut $8 billion from state spending on education.