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Texas lawmakers move to make up $5 billion budget deficit

from Austin American-Statesman

Texas lawmakers took the first steps toward closing a $5 billion budget deficit they created in 2011 by under-funding Medicaid, the health program for the poor and disabled. Republican Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, warned members of the House Appropriations Committee that balancing the budget was required by the Texas Constitution. "It is simply a matter of paying our bills that the law of the state requires us to pay," Pitts said. more

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