"If this isn't a rainy day, I don't know what is," Patrick said last week.
Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets →
Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a powerful officeholder in Texas government, said the state could spend money now on Harvey and then "likely" use the rainy day fund to repay those debts in 2019 when the Texas Legislature reconvenes.
Texas so far not raiding $10B 'rainy day' fund after Harvey →