AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The House budget chief says a spending deal with the Senate remains elusive after a midnight goal of a compromise came and went with both sides still apart.
Republican state Rep. Jim Pitts said Thursday he remained hopeful of a deal coming together. He would not specify what sticking points are still preventing the House and Senate from seeing eye-to-eye despite confidence this week that a deal was imminent.
A public meeting of budget negotiators is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, but Pitts says issues are still being worked out.
House Democrats huddled for a caucus meeting Thursday morning. They want to restore more funding to public schools than the $3.2 billion that negotiators had signaled earlier this week.
Only slightly more than a week remains in the 140-day legislative session.
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