State budget rally being held Wednesday

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on April 10, 2013 at 6:25 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 7:54 AM

AUSTIN -- Thousands are marching to the State Capitol on Wednesday to fight for a state budget that accommodates the growing population.

More than 5,000 union members, parents, teachers, students and public workers from across the state will rally at the south steps urging the legislature to restore some of the budget cuts of 2011. The group is focusing on a budget that funds services and education and treats state workers with respect and fairness.

Recently lawmakers passed a budget that designated more money for schools, including more than a $1 billion specifically to address growing enrollment.

“There are some things that still need to be tweaked in the bill, but overall I think this is a great starting point for us," said State Senator Tommy Williams, (R) Round Rock.

A budget passed by the House also restored raises for state employees. It calls for a three percent hike across the board.

The budgets are now in committee conference. Senators and representatives are working together to finalize a single budget plan to send to the governor.

The group is hoping Wednesday's rally keeps their goals in the forefront of lawmakers' minds as that process continues. It starts at 11:30 a.m. along the south steps and will include a march up and down Congress Avenue.

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