Written by Ed Sterling Friday, 31 May 2013 08:00
AUSTIN—Texas lawmakers finally passed Senate Bill 1, a state budget for fiscal biennium 2014-2015, on May 26, the 139th day of the 140-day regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature.
Next stop will be Gov. Rick Perry’s desk for the $197 billion budget – which came in at about $7 billion more than the estimated budget for the current fiscal biennium. Perry had asked lawmakers to make about $2 billion in tax reductions, but the budget he will be looking at brings in cuts totaling an estimated $1 billion.
Various other legislation also on the way to Perry, for example, changes student testing requirements, benefits charter schools, increases Medicaid funding, allows issuance of campus “carry” permits and much more. Among bills Perry already has vetoed was one that would have identified individual citizens who donate to so-called “dark money” organizations. The veto period will end June 16.