Texas House passes cautious $247B budget, rejects more health care for working poor

AUSTIN — The Texas House late Thursday passed a $246.8 billion, two-year state budget that would move cautiously and delay spending tens of billions in forthcoming federal aid.

“These are one-time relief dollars,” said Rep. Greg Bonnen, the House’s chief budget writer, referring to nearly $35 billion in federal COVID-19 money already approved by Washington for the state and its public schools. The dollars appear likely to sit idle for months.

“We want to use them appropriately, so that we don’t create a dependence,” explained Bonnen, a Friendswood Republican.

Source: Texas House passes cautious $247B budget, rejects more health care for working poor / The Dallas Morning News

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