The latest on the state Senate's machinations to restrict funding to restore Texas' parks, from the Austin American-Statesman (emphasis added)
[A] Senate version of an appropriations bill had appeared to give $142 million more to the state parks department over the next two years, but that number drops to about $8 million when corrected for money already in the department's base budget, federal grant money and other sources that [parks advocate Rep. Harvey] Hilderbran's office says do not amount to additional funding.
"The next two days are real critical to give us some indication of what parks will get," Hilderbran said. "This is in the lieutenant governor's hands [Dewhurst]. He can set up funding for parks that will consistently fund it better than we have been, or he can stop short of leading us to a restored Texas parks system that provides the visitor experience we all want."
What will it be, David Dewhurst?