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House adopts $93B budget after marathon debate

Public schools, colleges, mental health facilities get more funding

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AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has approved a new budget that would spend $93.5 billion in state revenues and rollback some of the deep cuts made by the Legislature two years ago.

The Republican-controlled House adopted the budget bill 135-12 after nearly 12 hours of debate.

The House plan boosts state spending across the board by 7 percent and beefs up money for public schools, college campuses and mental health.

State employees would see small raises and financially shaky state parks would be spared from closure, which is symbolic of the Legislature's spending power made possible by a roaring Texas economy.

Critics say the bill isn't generous enough to cover the needs of a rapidly growing Texas population. But a major spending battle never erupted on the House floor.


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