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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2017
Contact: Dave Nelson
512-463-0112
STATE BUDGET SIGNED INTO LAW

AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, issued the following statement about today’s signing of SB 1, the General Appropriations Act.

"All Texans will benefit from the budget signed into law today. This is a smart, responsible fiscal roadmap for the next two years. It stays within our means and addresses key priorities – protecting children, improving education, expanding our highways and securing our border,” Senator Nelson, who authored SB 1, said.

As sent to the governor, SB 1 establishes a $107.8 billion budget for FY 18-19, including General Revenue and approximately $990 million from the Emergency Stabilization Fund for local grants, state hospitals, capital needs and other one-time expenditures. In all funds, the budget appropriates $216.75 billion -- up $352 million (0.16%) from FY 16-17. All funds highlights of SB 1 include:

Education

  • Continues formula funding at current levels with a basic allotment of $5,140 per student;
  • Adds $2.65B to cover enrollment growth (80,000 students per years);
  • The school funding formula combines local and state funding. Considering both local and state funding sources, aggregate funding for public education increases by roughly $5.2 billion over the current biennium, or a 5.7% increase.
  • $350M for the Teacher Retirement System to continue healthcare benefits for retirees;
  • Public Education grants:
    • E-Rates - $25M;
    • Student Success Initiative - $12M;
    • Communities in Schools - $31M; and
    • Boys & Girls Club (Texas AIM) - $4.5M.

Higher Ed

  • Provides overall increase in funding;
  • Non-formula support:
    • Sunsets all non-formula support (formerly known as "special items") by August 31, 2019;
    • Reduces by 50% university special items categorized as "start-up" or "formula generating" that have been in existence for longer than 8 years;
    • Categorizes all special items to allow for greater transparency; and
    • Creates a Joint Committee to study this issue during the interim and make recommendations for budget writers to incorporate in the next budget.
  • $44M for Graduate Medical Education to continue our medical residency expansion efforts;
  • $71M to TEXAS Grant to fund 92% of all eligible residents; and
  • $19M increase to fund community colleges, including success points (outcome-based funding).

Health & Human Services

  • Increases funding to Child Protective Services by over $500M, including nearly 600 new caseworkers (above the emergency appropriation);
  • Adds funding for prevention services by $33M;
  • Provides additional funding for mental health services, including:
    • $63M to address capacity and eliminate waitlists for community mental health services;
    • $67.5M for community collaborative grants for jail diversion and other local mental health projects;
    • $30M to maintain and add community purchased psychiatric hospital beds;
    • $25M to maintain state hospital service levels; and
    • $10M to increase maximum security capacity at state hospitals.
  • $300M from ESF to begin overhaul of our state hospital system.
  • Increases Early Childhood Intervention funding by $22.4 million.
  • Restores 25% of the therapy rate reductions.

Other

  • $56M to the Railroad Commission for operational stability and pipeline safety.
  • $87.8M to fund preservation and updates to the Alamo.
  • $40M to support infrastructure projects at Texas ports.
  • $800M for border security, including 250 new troopers.
  • $4.2M to eliminate current rape kit backlog.
  • $4.7M for pretrial diversions.
  • $25M for bullet proof vests.
  • $12M for grants to local police departments.
  • $12M for border prosecution grants.
  • $5M for a statewide guardianship program at the Office of Court Administration.
SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.

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