Lawmakers Pass Slim State Budget in Austin

Associated Press - May 28, 2011 9:25 PM ET

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Legislature has passed along largely party lines a state budget that cuts billions from public schools, state universities and health care.

The vote brought to an end more than four months of debate on how to cut $27 billion in state services. The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature.

The House voted 97-53, after Democrats spoke for hours bashing the Republican supermajority for choosing budget cuts over tapping the state's nearly $10 billion Rainy Day Fund. Four Republicans voted against the budget.

In the Senate, only one Democrat voted for the budget. It passed there 20-11.

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