Texas – The Texas Legislature has passed along largely party lines a state budget that cuts billions from public schools, state universities and health care.
The vote brought to an end more than four months of debate on how to cut $27 billion in state services. The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature.
The House voted 97-53, after Democrats spoke for hours bashing the Republican supermajority for choosing budget cuts over tapping the state's nearly $10 billion Rainy Day Fund. Four Republicans voted against the budget.
In the Senate, only one Democrat voted for the budget. It passed there 20-11.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.