State lawmakers to have more money to spend, comptroller says

Despite a decline in oil and gas prices, the Texas economy is still growing and state revenue is increasing, Texas’ top accountant announced Monday. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar estimated that lawmakers returning to the Capitol on Tuesday will have as much as $119.1 billion in revenue available for general-purpose spending in the 2020-21 budget. That’s an 8.1 percent increase from the amounts available in the current two-year budget.