Texas state budget

The Texas Tribune's Ben Philpott talks with experts to help make the Texas budget understandable.

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A:  Keep up its state parks.

State parks in Texas have always had one struggle, and that’s money.  In the early 1900s, Texas landowners tried to donate large chunks of land to create state parks.  Initially they were turned down by lawmakers who didn’t want to fund the maintenance costs, and when the land was finally accepted, it was without the promise of upkeep.  Fifty years later, not much has changed according to StateImpact Texas.

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State legislatures are constitutionally mandated to provide adequate funding for schools.  Courts in both Kansas and Texas recently ruled this directive is not being met.