Boxed in by a constitutional limit on state spending, the House and Senate are struggling to find common ground on how to pay for $2 billion in new water projects.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott confirmed to House leaders this week that they cannot access the $12 billion rainy day fund to pay for those projects without first voting to exceed the spending cap. That unofficial legal opinion echoes what the Legislative Budget Board advised early in the budget-writing process.
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