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Texas House leader accuses Senate of 'cooking the books'; Jane Nelson disagrees

Mar 22, 2017 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

Texas Senate budget writers on Wednesday unanimously approved their two-year budget, which avoided some steep cuts by using an accounting trick to free up $2.5 billion state dollars that are slated for the state highway fund.

By delaying a diversion of sales tax money from August 2019 to September 2019, and therefore moving the funding from the 2019 fiscal year's budget to the first month of fiscal year 2020, Nelson said her two-year budget had an additional $2.5 billion to spend on needs ...