Texas Political Parlor: House Budget Time
On Friday, the Texas House will take up the one bill they are required to pass in a regular legislative session: the state budget. The proposal, initially put forth in January by House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie), doesn’t differ that much from the bill House members will debate.
But that may not be biggest logjam over a 2012-2013 budget at the Capitol. The Senate is crafting their own version of a budget, which does differ from the House version, mainly in the search for “non-tax revenue” sources to close the spending gap and restore some funding to education and other programs.
It may not be the beginning of a Great Schism, but the dueling proposals could put House and Senate Republicans at odds when it comes time to come up with a final budget. KUT’s Ian Crawford and Kate Alexander of the Austin American-Statesman look at the upcoming debate between House members and, potentially, between members of the GOP in this week’s “Texas Political Parlor.”