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Elements of the Budget Deal

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These were the final elements of the budget deal that was reached yesterday:

–Add $200 million to the Foundation School Program
–Use a portion of TRS funding to get to $3.9 billion, the Democrats’ target amount for restoring the school cuts

The major point of disagreement arose over the System Benefit Fund, which has long been a personal concern for Sylvester Turner, became a contentious issue between Turner and Williams.

The Senate’s Medicaid budget rider, which laid out a possible path for Medicaid expansion, was rejected by the House.

The “all funds” budget number is $195 million. It came in $600 or so million under the spending cap.

Higher ed health related institutions received a sixteen percent increase. This was the best budget for higher ed in years.

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