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Senate adopts state budget plan

Senate adopts state budget plan

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AUSTIN - The Texas Senate on Thursday adopted its version of a state budget that would stash away about $3 billion for future tax cuts and fund a multimillion-dollar legal agreement to help poor children get health care.

The 26-5 vote clears the way for the budget to move to a conference committee, where selected members from each chamber can negotiate the differences between the two bills.

A highlight of the spending plan involves a settlement in a 14-year-old lawsuit over health care for poor children. The settlement terms, which must be approved by a federal judge, will cost the state about $700 million in improving access to Medicaid services.

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