New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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State Legislature avoids tax hike again
AUSTIN (AP) — With two unanimous votes, the Texas Legislature has given its final OK to a nearly $80 billion 1996-97 state government budget.
The House voted 147-0 and the Senate 31-0 on Thursday to send the spending plan to Gov. George W. Bush.
Totaling $79.86 billion, the new budget represents an increase of about $4.7 billion, or 6.2 percent, over current spending.
For a second consecutive legislative session, however, lawmakers didn’t need to raise taxes to pay for it
“I think we can all be proud for the second successive biennium we have written a bill within our means. ... and at the same time responded to some dramatic challenges in public education, juvenile justice, corrections and human services,” said Sen. John Montfort!, D-Lubbock, the Senate sponsor.
The bill is expected to meet the Texas Constitution’s pay-as-you-go requirements, said a spokesman for Comptroller John Sharp, who must
certify the budget as balanced.
“We’re not through reviewing it. But we anticipate that we will have available revenue,” said comptroller’s spokesman Andy Welch.
Rep. Rob Junell, D-San Angelo, described the budget as “something that all Texans and members of this body can be proud of. It makes public education the No. I priority. It is the big winner.”
Junell, who chairs the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee, said lawmakers did the best they could with the money available and a pledge from legislative leaders and Bush against new taxes.
“You’ve got unlimited needs and limited resources. And you’ve got to try to pair those two,” Junell said.
As in 1993, the Legislature didn’t need a tax increase to fund this year’s budget.
The lack of tax hikes reflects the state’s improving economy and contrasts sharply with the ferocious wrangling required in legislative sessions going back a decade.
FBI looks at bomb threat at Fort Worth high school
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An 18-year-old high school student is believed to be the mastermind behind a bomb threat called into a school administration building that was planned to resemble the Oklahoma City bombing.
The FBI announced Thursday it was seeking Paschal High School senior Peter Jeune Koh, a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, in connection with the May 16 hoax that forced the evacuation of the building.
“The whereabouts of Koh is unknown,” read a statement from the FBI’s Dallas office. “Koh may have a handgun and a rifle in his possession.” Allen Cummins, a teen who said he grew up with Koh in their affluent southwest Fort Worth neighborhood,
said: “If I know him as well as I do, he’s broke town for sure.”
Koh apparently became a suspect quickly. A May 19 sealed complaint charged him with using a telephone to make a false bomb threat, a federal crime that carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
“Making a telephone bomb threat is a very serious charge,” U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins said. “They will be investigated and prosecuted vigorously.” Three other students, including Koh’s younger brother, also were being sought, the Fort Worth-Star Telegram reported in today’s editions.
The elaborately planned scheme involved a Ryder rental mick parked in the driveway of the Fort Worth Inde?
pendent School District’s Professional Development Center and said to be containing explosives.
Authorities found it loaded with sacks of concrete doused in diesel fuel.
Officials traced the truck to a Ryder
rental outlet in Fort Worth, where the * vehicle allegedly was rented for $150 cash by a man who used an Oklahoma driver’s license and a phony Fort Worth address.
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