By Becca Aaronson and Thanh Tan
After a day of stops and starts and private meetings, Texas lawmakers don't have a budget deal yet.
While Republicans control the agenda in the House, Democrats are left without much power to intervene in the process. At one point, Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, told the chamber that 5,000 teachers have been laid off while the Legislature disagrees over the budget.
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