DALLAS -- Under pressure to keep violent criminals behind bars and to relieve jail overcrowding, Texas voters will decide tomorrow whether to authorize the sale of $1 billion of general obligation bonds, primarily to finance state prison construction.

The prison proposal is the largest of $1.9 billion in four state general obligation bond proposals that are on tomorrow's ballot. Proceeds from the other bond issues would be used for self-supporting loan programs for agriculture, minority businesses, and homes for veterans, among other items.

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