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This includes all state, local, and tribal employees.
The House is scheduled to vote on a budget bill Tuesday that will cut federal and state spending by $1.2 trillion.
While the budget bill does not include an offset, it would increase federal spending by about $600 billion and the states would get a $200 billion increase in aid.
States are expected to provide $10 billion in aid to local governments, and that money will be distributed to states based on population.
That means that if Texas cuts its aid to the states, the rest of the country will get more aid.
The Texas Tribune reported that House Speaker Joe Straus and House Majority Leader Larry Csonka (R-San Antonio) had met with federal officials on Tuesday to discuss the fiscal impact of a shutdown and the potential ramifications of a national debt default.
On Friday, Straus told reporters that he was “confident that we can get through this.”
Straus said he was confident that if the federal government can’t keep funding its operations, then states can still help.
“The federal government is the only source of revenue that Texas has,” Straus, a Democrat, said.
“We have to be responsible and make sure we’re spending what we need to make sure that we’re making progress.”
“Our state and local governments can’t just sit around and wait for the federal Government to be defunded.
The federal government must stop the defunding of state and county governments,” he added.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) said on Monday that the House passed the bill in a “dramatic” vote.
There were signs that the GOP-controlled state government might be ready to take over for a federal government shutdown.
The state Senate passed a bill to allow the state to pay for the purchase of military hardware and equipment, and the state House passed a measure that would allow residents of the Lone Star State to keep their drivers licenses and their Social Security numbers.
As a result of the budget cuts, Texas’s unemployment rate dropped from 10.5% in January to 8.5%, according to the Associated Press.
The Republican governor is also considering a bill that would create a commission to study how to cut costs for the state, but so far he has not taken up the plan.
But on Tuesday, Abbott defended his decision to cut the state’s aid.
“We can’t continue to give to the people who are hurting, who are having their families torn apart, who have their children killed, who don’t have health insurance,” Abbott said on the House floor.
“I think it’s important to look at the cost of living in the state of Texas and the costs of not having health insurance and not having jobs.”
“I know that there are people who don.t like the fact that Texas is funding itself through cuts and we have to make a choice whether to be a friend or a foe of the people in this state of ours.”
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