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Lawmakers reach deal on transportation funding

 
Lawmakers reach deal on transportation funding
Posted Saturday, July 27th 2013 @ 8am  by The Associated Press

Texas lawmakers have reached a deal to increase funding for roads and bridges _ if voters approve a constitutional amendment in November 2014.

Republican Sen. Robert Nichols said negotiators from the House and Senate hammered out the agreement Friday and only needed to fix a few details.

Legislators agreed to a proposed constitutional amendment that would divert about $848 million in oil and gas revenues away from the state's Rainy Day Fund. An accompanying law would set a minimum balance for the fund until the Legislative Budget Board takes control of it.

Nichols said the money would only be spent on non-toll roads and bridges and could not be spent to pay off debt.

The House and Senate are scheduled to meet again Monday to give final approval.

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