Four Price - Texas State Representative, Republican, District 87 | Budget Update

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Budget Update

The Texas economy continues to be a beacon for economic opportunity. Our state is a role model for the right way to address economic needs while adhering to fiscally sound policies.  Today, the proposed state budget was debated on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives in what was marathon session. The debate consisted of discussion over state spending for the next two years, as well as debate on over 250 pre-filed proposed amendments.

Specifically, the $193.8 billion House version of the state’s budget bill proposed to increase funding for public and higher education, healthcare services, natural resources preservation, and economic development, among others. These budget decisions are about balancing both the needs and financial means of our state, and keeping Texas on a path of sustainable fiscal growth.

Here are some highlights on the House’s 2014-2015 budget proposal:

  • Health and Human Services: $29.3 billion in general revenue (a 6.2% increase from the 2012-2013 budget).
  • Education: $37.7 billion in general revenue for public education (an 8.6% increase from the 2012-2013 budget) and $12.6 billion in general revenue for higher   education (a 1.2% increase from the 2012-2013 budget).
  • General Government, Judiciary and Public Safety: $11.6 billion in general revenue (a 6.9% increase from the 2012-2013 budget).
  • Natural Resources, Economic Development and Regulatory Agencies: $1.8 billion in general revenue (a 26.8% increase from the 2012-2013 budget).

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I spent the first half of this session focused on the items housed in Article 2 of the Appropriations bill, which addresses health and human services. I have had the privilege of making recommendations on how the state can best allocate money for programs that assist disabled and elderly Texans.  The House version of the budget provides more coverage for the most vulnerable populations in our state. Appropriately funding these healthcare areas and ensuring our tax dollars are efficiently used is critical to our economic well-being and long-term vitality as a state.

I believe this session’s budget must be responsible to both the taxpayers and to the state, and fulfill the needs of all Texans. 

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