Government Spending

Temporarily Flush, TX Officials Plan New Spending Spree

Can't break the habit


Like the guy who finds a crumpled $20 bill on the floor on his way out of the tavern and heads right back to his favorite bar stool, Texas governments are all of a sudden flush.

Booming oil and gas industries have produced enough tax revenue to give the Legislature an estimated $8.8 billion more than they had to play with the last time they met in 2011.