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March 8, 2019      3:44 PM

For now, it appears Texas Senate may have jettisoned a school finance plan of its own

If the teacher pay raise and the homestead proposal from Sen. Bettencourt are combined, the cost is $5.3 billion, close to the $6 billion total the Senate had set aside for a boost in public education

As the minutes tick down on what should be the bill filing deadline for the 86th session, the one major bill that remains unfiled appears to be Senate Bill 4, the Texas Senate school finance bill. Of course, there is still time but it's significant that nothing has been filed so far.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick slipped up a bit during the closing debate on the Senate’s teacher pay raise bill, Senate Bill 3, to suggest the school finance bill would be revealed on Tuesday.

When that didn’t happen, rumors began to circulate that Chairs Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, and Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Kingwood, had been instructed by Patrick to stop communicating.

By Kimberly Reeves

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