Some legislators have rejected calls to eliminate state funding for the Texas Historical Commission.
Gov. Rick Perry has proposed no longer funding the commission as lawmakers face a projected $15 billion shortfall in the next two-year budget.
The Austin American-Statesman reports the Texas Historical Commission's budget for the current fiscal year tops $100 million. About 20 percent comes from the general revenue fund. The commission employs about 220 people and operates 20 state historical sites.
Senate leaders have discussed a plan to use money from the state's Preservation Trust Fund to maintain a downsized Texas Historical Commission.