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February 1, 2018      5:42 PM

Harvey, budget intertwined as Texas awaits federal disaster aid

Harvey pushes the state to the breaking point on tapping the ESF, Houston leaders continue to push the feds to bolster the shoreline along the Houston area’s coast

Texas House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, told health care leaders and advocates this afternoon he had no doubt Hurricane Harvey relief would require Rainy Day Fund expenditures. But it would not require returning lawmakers to Austin for a special session, he said.

“When we come back in January, and we have to balance up this budget, it’s going to be a sizable number,” Zerwas said at a luncheon panel for the State of Reform in Health Care Policy. “The governor has said, and I think the lieutenant governor has said, the only place you get from is going to be the Rainy Day Fund.”

By Kimberly Reeves

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