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House Appropriations Approves $500 Million More for Schools; Senate Announces Budget Conferees

The House Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to send a supplemental budget bill to the House that includes $500 million more for public schools. House Bill 1025 (Pitts) will bring the total cost of the state's biennial budget to $874.9 million if it passes.

Dewhurst Announces Conferees on State Budget Bill
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced the following appointees to the Conference Committee on Senate Bill 1, the state's biennial budget for 2014-2015:

  • Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands)
  • Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
  • Senator Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock)
  • Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound)
  • Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston)

"I am confident that our Senate conferees will fulfill our Constitutional duty to balance our state budget, meet our obligations under current state and federal law, and fund our priorities in a fiscally responsible manner that does not raise taxes on hardworking Texans," said Lt. Governor Dewhurst.