Senate gives final approval to state budget June 02, 2021 - 00:00 Posted in: Viewpoints AUSTIN — With less than a week before the legislature adjourns, the Texas Senate has given final approval the state’s two year $248.5 billion budget establishing the state’s priorities for education, healthcare, public safety and critical services. As Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee and a senior member ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!