Governor and House Leadership at Odds Over Rainy Day Fund


House Appropriations Committee Chair Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) is now pushing to spend half of the Texas Rainy Day Fund in order to avoid spending cuts:


Pitts said he’ll push for a committee vote early next week on a bill to spend $4.3 billion of rainy-day money in the current cycle. That would free up an identical amount to be added to the two-year budget now being drafted, he said.


Pitts dismissed Gov. Rick Perry’s remarks this week that no rainy-day money should be used — or even discussed — until lawmakers do more scrubbing of the budget.


“I don’t see the other options,” Pitts said.


As noted, Governor Rick Perry is pushing bac

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