AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A top House Republican says using the state's Rainy Day Fund is being considered for $1.75 billion owed to public schools as part of a complex Texas budget package.
State Rep. Drew Darby said Monday that as the Legislature enters a final and furious week, budget writers want to settle the classroom debt by accessing a projected $12 billion in emergency dollars.
Lawmakers in 2011 postponed the school payment as a gimmick to balance the budget.
A budget compromise between House and Senate negotiators calls for taking another $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to jumpstart new water projects. The House was scheduled to consider a key bill surrounding those plans Monday night.
Darby is carrying a fees bill that is also part of the budget picture.