DALLAS - Texas lawmakers passed a two-year, $70 billion budget this week in last-minute voting that also saw approval of a proposed constitutional amendment to sell $1 billion in prison debt and one to give voters the final say on an income tax.

Wall Street rating analysts said yesterday that while the budget is balanced, the two amendments passed at the end of the legislative session could cause trouble down the road. Selling more debt to build prisons would increase the long-range cost of the criminal justice system, they said, and the income tax amendment could hamper the state in balancing future budgets.

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