Texas lawmakers look tap "rainy day fund" for Harvey cleanup

Texas lawmakers look tap "rainy day fund" for Harvey cleanup

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

While the nation is focused on Florida, residents on the Texas coast are working to clean up from Harvey.

It's estimated that the clean up will cost nearly $150 billion. To help offset some of that cost lawmakers suggest to break open the state's $10 million emergency fund.

Lubbock legislators say they are not ready to pull the trigger on breaking open the piggy bank just yet.

"To actually go into the rainy day account today is premature," said Lubbock Sen. Charles Perry. "We believe there will be an economic downturn in the states budget that has to be covered specifically, I think your local property taxes for schools are going to get tagged the hardest."

In order for the state to use the money the legislature will need to be in session. Gov. Abbott could either call lawmakers back into special session or wait until Jan. 2019.

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