Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst just emerged from a meeting in Speaker Joe Straus’ office and said he left the Senate’s budget “deal” with the speaker to consider. Dewhurst said he had 21 senators signed onto the deal — the 19 Republicans and Democratic senators Royce West of Dallas and Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of McAllen. Senators Steve Ogden, Robert Duncan and Jane Nelson were smiling as they came out of Straus’ office. Hinojosa gave the thumbs-up sign.
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