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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.