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Patrick wants board questioning Abbott’s vetoes investigated

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants a special legislative committee to examine a non-partisan state budget board after its director questioned Gov. Greg Abbott’s line-item vetoes.

Patrick, a tea party favorite who oversees the Texas Senate, said Wednesday he’s “extremely disappointed” in the Legislative Budget Board.

He recommended forming a joint House-Senate committee to examine how it and all other state agencies operate to determine “what reforms are needed.”

Patrick’s statement follows budget board director Ursula Parks writing that Abbott’s line-item vetoes slicing $233 million from the new state budget were “unprecedented.” (Read the story here.)

Parks even supported her case using opinions Abbott issued as Texas attorney general, a post he held before becoming governor in January.

Abbott spokesman John Wittman has slammed the budget board as “unelected bureaucrats” making a power grab.

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