Funding Senate District 19 Priorities

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The state budget, the fundamental reason the Texas Legislature meets every other year, is not a typical family budget.

The state budget comes from two sources of taxation: state and federal. The state’s share of revenue and funds is $164 billion; another $86 billion comes from federal funds. Combined, the Legislature has approximately $250 billion to appropriate for the 2020-2021 fiscal year which begins Sept. 1, 2019.

And this is Texas: we take fiscal responsibility seriously, refusing to spend more of your tax dollars than we take and even reserving some money for savings. The Economic Stabilization Fund, the state’s savings account, projected balance is over $9 billion at the end of this fiscal year.

The $250 billion covers every need for this state over the next two years: education, disaster recovery, health care, public safety, infrastructure and more. This session, we drastically increased spending on public education by $12 billion, or 20 percent. We also allocated billions to recovery from Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters. The budget addressed other specific needs: property tax reform, CPS, school safety, teacher retirement compensation, mental health, human trafficking, driver’s license customer service, and more.

 

 

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