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January 18, 2023      2:21 PM

Texas House and Senate base budgets leave billions in revenue on the table while emphasizing tax relief, school funding, border security and more

A veteran budget watcher said the plans are “amazingly similar”

Avoiding busting the state's constitutional spending cap and leaving tens of billions in general revenue on the table, Texas House and Texas Senate budget writers on Wednesday both unveiled spending plans that emphasize tax relief, border security, school funding, and more.

The base budgets – opening proposals for the Legislature’s most significant work product – are similar in total amounts but, naturally, differ on the details. They both leave roughly $50 billion unspent from the total revenue estimated by Comptroller Glenn Hegar. One veteran Texas budget watcher told QR these plans are “amazingly similar.”

By Scott Braddock

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