By Richard Lee
Senate Media Services
(Austin) The Senate passed its version of the state budget on Tuesday, approving $211 billion in state and federal funds to pay for state services over the next two years. Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, who led the Senate’s appropriation efforts, said the budget maintains the conservative philosophy of the past while meeting the needs of the future. “This is a budget that will keep our state strong, prosperous and compassionate,” said Nelson.