AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas House committee today approved a $178 billion state budget.
The measure is a 5 percent increase over the previous two-year budget -- but about $4 billion less than the Texas Senate version.
The bill now moves to the full Texas House.
The House version includes about $11 billion in spending from the federal stimulus package.
Neither version taps the state's Rainy Day Fund, which is expected to have $9.1 billion if left untouched over the next two years.
The Texas Transportation Department has already announced over $2 billion worth of road projects from the stimulus package.
The House budget also authorizes $300 million in bonds for cancer research and prevention, compared to $600 million in the Senate version.
The House also put more than $200 million into the cash-strapped TEXAS Grants, the state's biggest college financial aid program.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.