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An Update from Representative Four Price

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I take my commitment to Texas and to my constituents very seriously, and want to help you stay connected to your Texas Capitol through regular updates on this blog.  Please visit frequently to get the latest updates on what I’m working on in the House.

Here’s what we have going on:

Beginning last week and for the next several weeks, my staff and I will be dedicated to reviewing House Appropriations matters, including the Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II of the state budget, which oversees the funding of Texas’ healthcare and related agencies. To stay up-to-date on these committee happenings, visit: http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/

On Monday at 7:30 a.m., the 27-member House Appropriations Committee heard testimony on House Bill10, relating to emergency supplemental appropriations: http://bit.ly/XroDo9. Throughout the rest of this week, the Article II Subcommittee hearings will focus on the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).

Below is a recap of what went on in several key areas during the week of February 3rd:

The House Appropriations Committee kicked off last week with a busy series of overview hearings on the House’s proposed budget and recommendations.

Economy

Comptroller Combs’ office provided testimony regarding the state of the economy, largely based on the robust oil/gas production taking place across Texas. We are in a positive economic situation, and should be very proud of these points:

1.     The Comptroller reported $101.4 billion estimated to be available for 2014-2015 general purpose spending.

2.     The Rainy Day Fund is expected to have $11.8 billion for 2014-2015 biennium.

3.     Our economic situation has grown and improved – Texas is experiencing significant job recovery, new housing market activity, sales tax collections are rebounding, and oil and natural gas production tax revenues are up.

This data in the chart below demonstrates Texas’ progress in the area of job growth, as compared to the 10 other most populous states in the U.S.:

Healthcare

Dr. Kyle Janek, HHSC Executive Commissioner, provided testimony regarding Medicaid caseloads, Medicaid cost drivers, efforts to prevent fraud and waste, and overall Medicaid short-term funding needs. I also heard testimony on reforming the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Law Enforcement

The Committee heard testimony regarding Texas’ prison system, the status of prison populations and programs, and the issue of correctional officer pay.

Education

We heard testimony on funding student enrollment growth in Texas public schools, higher education appropriations.  

Please check back soon for new information and updates. As always, it is an honor represent you in the Texas House of Representatives.