With more money and less enmity than two years ago, the Texas Senate eased through a $195.5 billion state budget bill on Wednesday.
Approved on a 29-2 vote, Senate Bill 1 replenishes some of the money cut from public schools, colleges and health care programs in 2011. It also gives state employees a pay raise, bolsters mental health services and continues funding for a women’s health program.
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Senate budget by the numbers
$195.5 billion (all funds) — 2.9% increase over current budget
$94.1 billion (state funds only) — 7.7 % increase
$1.4 billion increase in per-student aid for public schools
8.1% increase in health, human services spending
Leaves intact $12 billion in rainy day fund
Leaves $409 million in tax revenues unspent