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Texas budget battle wages on

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Austin, TX - Time is winding down at the state capitol for Texas lawmakers to pass a balanced budget.

The House passed a tentative version but, right now, it's stalled in the Senate.

Only 27 days are left, but Governor Rick Perry says the session is still on track.

"At the end of the day, we'll have a balanced budget with no new taxes and not going into the Rainy Day Fund. I full well expect us to be finalized and sending these legislators home on the 30th day of May," says Governor Perry.

Tension along party lines has slowed progress in the Senate.

Democrats want to tap into the state's Rainy Day Fund...

While Republicans say the budget can be balanced without using emergency funds.

Senators say their version of the budget gives more money to state programs than the House version, which passed a month ago.