Austin leaders want to make sure taxpayers aren't footing the bill for golfers. They city's public courses have seen a 10.1-percent increase in business over the past five years, but courses have a prettier financial picture than others.
Budget woes in Texas caused by a prolonged oil slump would be patched with cuts to higher education, kicking the can down the road on growing Medicaid costs and rebuffing priorities of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott under an austere spending bill passed by the state Senate. Texas' finances are not as bleak as other states.