The Texas House is expected to make another attempt to approve a new funding mechanism for highways and bridges.
Lawmakers will convene Thursday afternoon to vote on a constitutional amendment to divert money from the Rainy Day Fund into a new transportation fund. Constitutional amendments need 100 votes from the House to go to voters for final approval.
Only 92 lawmakers supported the measure in an interim vote on Monday.
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Experts say Texas needs a $4 billion a year in new spending to maintain the existing transportation system. The new fund would bring in about $900 million a year.
But tea party groups don't want to divert money from the state's Rainy Day Fund, and they don't want to raise taxes. Democrats want more spending in other areas too.