One of the men who controls the state’s checkbook is leaving the door open to restoring some of the $5.4 billion in public education cuts enacted two years ago.
“What can we do now to restore some of those funds?” Howard asked.
“We have about $8 billion additional revenue that was anticipated," Pitts responded. "We will probably be bringing you legislation and you will be discussing in the supplemental bill how we would use those funds.” The supplemental bill is legislation to cover the remaining bills of the current two-year budgeting period.
Last week, a state district judge ruled the school finance system is unconstitutional, in part because it inadequately funds education. The state is expected to appeal that ruling to the Texas Supreme Court.