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Jane Nelson
Concern over big-ticket spending as Senate takes up tax cuts

Billions of dollars in promised tax cuts getting fast-tracked by Republican leaders drew bipartisan concern Monday over whether enough money will remain to build new roads, ramp up border security and plug a benefits shortfall for retired teachers. New woes over crumbling state buildings and prison guards bringing home just $1,500 a month are now running into tax cut fever among GOP senators, who have already earmarked $4.6 billion in tax relief in the first legislative session under new Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Before the Legislature commits to what are poised to be the biggest tax cuts in Texas in a decade, some lawmakers want other spending nailed down first. "My concern...