On a straight party vote, the state Senate on Wednesday approved a budget and placed it on track to become the worst budget for education in at least 27 years.
The budget is now headed for a 10-member House-Senate conference committee, which will try to write a compromise budget before the legislative session adjourns on May 30. The House budget is even worse.
Using the two-thirds rule, the 12 Senate Democrats had blocked a vote on the budget bill, a committee substitute for House Bill 1, on Tuesday. But the Republican Senate leadership bypassed the two-thirds vote requirement for debating legislation on Wednesday with a rarely used procedure.
The leadership allowed House Bill 1 to be debated on a simple majority vote because Wednesdays are reserved for House bills and House Bill 1 was at the top of the Senate’s House bill calendar.
“With the proposed budget, it certainly looks like we are well on our way to winning ‘The Race for the Bottom’ in Texas education.” said Mary Aldridge Dean, TFA Executive Director
The vote on final passage was 19-12. All the Republican senators voted for the bill. All the Democratic senators voted against it.
TFA/TSTA thanked the 12 Democratic senators for opposing the budget bill.
TFA/TSTA is urging the governor and the Legislature to minimize budget cuts by spending all $9.4 billion in the Rainy Day Fund, closing some tax exemptions and finding new tax revenue.
House is still in session