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Democrats say they'll counter Texas budget offer

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A state official close to the negotiations says Texas lawmakers have reached a deal on a two-year spending plan that would restore $3.93 billion to public schools.

The deal reached Friday afternoon also clears the way for taking $2 billion from the state's rainy day fund for water projects.

Republicans needed Democratic votes to set up the State Water Infrastructure Fund and they wanted to boost spending on public education by $4 billion. The Republican-controlled Legislature cut $5.4 billion from schools in 2011.

The deal is similar to one announced by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst late Thursday night. Conservative Republicans have complained the deal spends too much on schools, while Democrats wanted more. 

Both chambers must still vote on the measure and Gov. Rick Perry must not veto it.

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