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Posted: Aug 4, 2013 8:12 AM

Updated: Aug 4, 2013 8:12 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The main sticking on greater transportation spending centers on what is the most conservative way to fund them without raising taxes.

Gov. Rick Perry has called the Legislature back for a third special session to approve more money for roads. Republican Sen. Robert Nichols has proposed a constitutional amendment that would take 50 percent of the money flowing into the Rainy Day Fund and divert it for roads and bridges.

Nichols easily won two-thirds support in the Senate, but El Paso Rep. Joe Pickett says he doesn't have votes in the House to send the question to voters.

Tea party conservatives in the House want a constitutional floor and Democrats don't want to empower the Republican-dominated Legislative Budget Board.

The House meets Monday to see if a compromise is possible.

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Chris Tomlinson is the AP's supervisory correspondent in Austin responsible for state government and political reporting.

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