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Texas Lawmakers Pass Two-Year Budget Shorting Schools $4 Billion

Texas lawmakers passed a two-year spending plan today that cuts spending on health care, hospitals and higher education in the second most-populous U.S. state, and provides $4 billion less to schools than mandated by law.

Members of the House of Representatives and Senate voted mostly along party lines for the budget, which has been debated since February. The Senate voted 20-11 and the House 97-53.