TX House OKs budget; vouchers not funded


The House may have stuck a fork in school vouchers Thursday as it approved a $193.8 billion, two-year spending plan with a 135-12 vote that takes steps toward restoring funding cut from public education and other key areas two years ago.

“We have been able to restore significant portions of last session's cuts,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie. “We have not done so recklessly, and we have not replaced every dollar that was removed from last session.”

Democrats said it doesn't go far enough, although some praised its progress.

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