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Watch The Texas House Debate Live

Our political reporting partner, the Texas Tribune, is live streaming the House floor as lawmakers debate several key pieces of budget legislation.  The Trib's Thanh Tan is alsolive blogging the debate. 

So what's going on? Lawmakers are trying to close the $4 billion budget gap that exists in the current biennium (2010-11) before they can move on to the next budget bill (2012-13) that will tackle a shortfall as high as $27 billion. Two pieces of legislation are front and center: House Bill 4, which includes $1.5 billion in spending cuts and $600 million for public education, and House Bill 275, which appropriates $3.1 billion from the Rainy Day Fund for the current fiscal year.


Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.