Texas Senate budget writers are putting the final touches on a spending bill as the Legislature nears the hallway point of the 140-day session.
The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday could send the main budget bill to the full chamber. It comes nearly two months after starting with an $88.9 billion draft that critics sized up as unnecessarily lean in light of a robust Texas revenue forecast.
Senate lawmakers have since added more potential spending. That includes a proposed $1.4 billion hike for public education to help offset the hard financial hit that school districts absorbed two years ago.
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Spending in the Texas Legislature is already under way. The House this week gave final passage to a $6.6 billion emergency spending bill that will most cover Medicaid costs.