TEXAS HOUSE PASSES STATE BUDGET WITH STRONG FISCAL DISCIPLINE

– Budget Funds Essential State Priorities Within Available Revenue and Under Constitutional Spending Limit –

 

AUSTIN, TEXAS (April 5, 2013) . . . The Texas House of Representatives passed the State Budget (CSSB1) yesterday evening by an overwhelming margin of 135 to 12. The measure, authored by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts (R – Waxahachie), appropriates $193.8 billion over two years, funded within available revenue and under the Constitutional spending limit.

Chairman Pitts said, “I greatly appreciate my colleagues in the Texas House of Representatives for their dedication to strong fiscal discipline while working to meet the needs of all Texans, and I’m grateful for the overwhelming, bipartisan support of this budget.”

The measure increased funding for Public Education, Higher Education and Health and Human Services, including:

• $2.7 billion increase in funding for public education (an 8.6 percent increase)

• Increase in the State’s contribution rate for retired teachers’ pensions

• $175 million increase for financial aid programs, including $150 million increase for Texas Grants, a program that provides financial assistance to our highest performing students in need

• $265 million increase for mental health programs

• $170 million increase for Child Protective Services to reduce delinquent investigations and lower caseloads

• Fully funding projected caseloads for Medicaid, CHIP and foster care programs

(All figures are State General Revenue)

Rep. Cindy Burkett (R – Sunnyvale), Vice Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, said, “I am grateful for the hard work of the Appropriations Committee to balance our State budget and to continue to live within our means. I believe that this two-year spending plan reflects Texas’s priorities by not raising taxes and investing heavily in education. I’m especially proud that we delivered additional funding to essential mental health programs in Texas that will extend services to more than 6,000 adults and almost 300 children on waiting lists.”

 

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