Representative Turner: State Spending Plan Fails To Restore Cuts To Education

The 83rd Texas Legislature is looking at a proposed spending plan of $187.7 billion over the next two years.  But Representative Sylvester Turner of Houston says the appropriations bill filed in the House doesn't restore the $5.4 billion in cuts made to public education in 2011.

"But based on what the Comptroller is saying, $8.8 billion remains unspent from that budget, and we are carrying it forward. It does not make any sense whether you are conservative, whether you are liberal, Democrat, or Republican, to continue the massive dramatic cuts in public education." 

This is an early version of the proposed spending plan. Representative Turner says the House appropriations bill doesn't reflect education as a major priority. He says it fuels the fire for the hundreds of school districts that have filed a lawsuit against the state for its failure to provide them with adequate funding. 

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Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...