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Texas House, Senate at odds over 'rainy day' fund

Texas legislators are divided over whether to use the state’s “rainy day” savings fund for education and social services programs, with Senate Republicans arguing that the fund should not be used for ongoing expenses.

Mark P. Jones, fellow in political science, said the divide stems from alternate definitions of the fund’s purpose among a tea party faction in the Senate. “It’s been transformed into something sacrosanct,” he said.

Read more in The Dallas Morning News: http://bit.ly/2ndCYW8.