AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has passed a roughly $100 billion new state budget on the final weekend of the 140-day legislative session.
Republican budget writers Saturday took shots at conservative pundits while laying out the budget bill, which mostly restores historic spending cuts to public schools in 2011.
Republican state Sen. Tommy Williams, the Senate budget chief, said outside fiscal hawks who criticized the spending should go back to school and be taught "how to count. He defended the budget as a responsible spending plan that left more than $500 million on the table.
The House will vote on the budget Sunday. That's the final day that bills can be passed before this session adjourns Monday.
Many lawmakers, however, are expecting Gov. Rick Perry to call a special summer session.