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Senate Passes Budget Package

Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News.
Texas Senate Chamber.

The Texas Senate passed a $176.5 billion budget package for the next biennium late this afternoon.  The 19-12 vote clears the way for negotiations with the House to come up with a final budget plan.  The Senate plan makes about 11-billion dollars in cuts, but those cuts aren't as deep as the House version.

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.