FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2019
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AUSTIN – Yesterday, Senator Peter P. Flores voted Yes on CSHB 1, the state budget. This budget allocates funds for the next two years, using a total of $247 billion taxpayer dollars to fund all essential services including: education, health and human services, public safety, infrastructure, cyber security, and more.
This budget has been the primary focus of the Senate Finance Committee the first half of this legislative session. The budget stays within the Texas constitutional spending limit and population growth times inflation, a standard conservative metric for government budgets.
"This budget is the product of countless hours of committee meetings, workgroups, and public testimony," said Sen. Flores. "As a member of the Finance Committee and two budget workgroups, I am very proud of this budget. It serves all Texans and remains within our constitutional spending limit.
"I am grateful for Lt. Governor Dan Patrick for appointing me to the Finance Committee and Chairwoman Jane Nelson's leadership of the committee. My two workgroups focused on: Articles I, IV, & V, covering General Government, the Judiciary, and Public Safety & Criminal Justice; and Article II, covering Health and Human Services.
"It was hard work, but it was well worth it for the people of Senate District 19 and the state. The legislature's primary purpose for meeting is this budget. I am proud of my colleagues and the unanimous approval in the Texas Senate shows our unity once again."
Some highlights of the budget:
- $4 billion to give $5,000 across-the-board pay raises to all classroom teachers and librarians
- $2.7 billion to address property taxes and reduce recapture
- $230 million to maintain current health care benefits and premiums for retired teachers
- $2.4 billion to match increased student enrollment
- $530 million for higher education investments
Health and Human Services
- $272 million for Child Protective Services
- $100 million for the Texas Mental Health Consortium
- $7.6 billion in behavioral health funding across 21 state agencies
- $315 million for women's health programs
- $800 million to maintain border security
- $193 million for driver license offices
- $1 billion to address cyber security, replacing old systems and upgrade technology
- $3.7 million for new child protection courts
- $7.5 million for rape crisis center
- $31 billion for transportation, including $5 billion transfer to State Highway Fund
- $342 million to Texas parks and historical sites
- $24.5 million for election security
- $28 million to improve technology and hire additional oil & gas and pipeline safety inspectors
This budget comes after Senate Bill 500, the Supplemental Budget, which passed the Senate a few weeks ago. SB 500 address specific issues the state is facing with one-time appropriations.