Senator Perry hopes the legislature can reconcile differences

Senator Perry hopes the legislature can reconcile differences

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Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry said the legislature may need a special session to reconcile its budget.

Both the Senate and the House passed their individual budgets, but they're very different.

The House wants to use $2.5 billion from the state's rainy day fund to try and off set the oil and gas slump.

The Senate's measure delays that much in payment to the highway fund voters overwhelmingly approved in 2015.

The Senate's budget calls for a cut of $1.8 billion to public schools, intending to make it up with rising property taxes.

Lubbock Senator Charles Perry said the philosophical differences boil down to just paying household bills.

"It'd be like you saying 'I can't make my car payment, and it's going to recur every month, so I'm gonna drain my savings today for that one time, knowing that two months later I'm going to be in the same point'," Perry said. "So we're just trying to make sure we make it -- I think we'll get there."

Senator Perry said he expects to find out if the committees can reconcile their differences by the middle of next week.

The legislature has until May 29 to pass a single budget.
 

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