AUSTIN, TEXAS - This morning, the Texas House of Representatives passed the supplemental appropriations bill (SB 500) needed to fund services for the remainder of Fiscal year 2019, as well as, many funds directed toward areas damaged by Hurricane Harvey any other natural disasters.
The supplemental bill successfully accomplishes several issues. For Hurricane Harvey related expenditures, a total of $4.3 billion from the Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the "Rainy Day" fund, has been allocated. Costs pertaining to school district property values and reimbursement to school districts for disaster remediation costs, traffic enforcement, and the repair or replacement of structures of equipment damaged by hurricane Harvey are among the various items funded by SB 500.
Other milestones in the bill include $2,100,000,000 from General Revenue and $2,300,000,000 from FF for Medicaid client services shortfall. From these funds, $5,500,000 will be transferred to Community Mental Health Crisis Services and the Health and Human Services Commission will reserve a sufficient amount to reimburse providers for the cost of intensive behavioral intervention (ABA therapy) for children with autism spectrum disorder as a covered Medicaid benefit. SB 500 also includes a $6,154,893 transfer from Medicaid client services to Medicaid contracts and administration to use for contingency contracts.
For retired educators, the supplemental provides a one-time appropriation or 13th check for educators. An appropriation of $684,000,000 from General Revenue for state contribution to the Teacher Retirement System pension trust account will further help retired educators. These funds are contingent on HB 9.
This session, the Legislature is committed to funding programs, agencies, and entities that have been impacted by shortfalls made last session and unforeseen natural disasters.
"I am proud to stand with my colleagues to pass this much needed legislation and fund these necessary programs to move our state forward. Critical services for all Texans need the resources to be successful. I am committed to continue to work hard and advocate for all!"
Below are several other highlights of the supplemental bill:
Public Finance Authority
$35,078,954 to GR due to bond debt service payments
Texas Facilities Commission
$17,589,128 to GR due to lease payments
Texas Education Agency (TEA)
$643,000,000 to GR due to Foundation School Program (FSP) because of lower than estimated student enrollment and prior year adjustments and adjustments due to Hurricane Harvey costs that will be paid for with ESF.
Sum certain for FSP for Fiscal Year 2019 is $21,919,735,602
Health and Human Services Commission
$2,000,000 to ESF due to facility capital repairs and renovations
General Land Office
$48,600,000 to GR due to unexpended balances and costs related to rebuilding housing after Hurricane Harvey.
Texas State Library and Archives
$4,400,00 from GR to renovate the Promontory Point facility in Austin for the storage of public records
Comptroller of Public Accounts
$400,000 from GR for visiting judge assignments to fill district court vacancies
$546,589 from GR for reimbursing counties for longevity pay made to eligible assistant district attorneys
Health and Services Human Commission
$2,100,000,000 from GR and $2,300,000,000 from FF for Medicaid client services shortfall.
Out of these funds $5,500,000 will be transferred to Community Mental Health Crisis Services.
Additionally, HHSC will reserve an amount sufficient to reimburse providers for the cost of intensive behavioral intervention (ABA therapy) for children with autism spectrum disorder as a covered Medicaid benefit.
$6,154,893 transfer from Medicaid client services to Medicaid contracts and administration to use for contingency contracts
$63,832,747 from GR for providing health insurance providers fee as part of Medicaid client services
$14,000,000 from GR for Healthy Texas Women program
$37,500,000 from GR for Mental Health State Hospital Services
$3,500,000 from GR for Early Childhood Intervention
$7,200,000 from GR for State Supported Living Centers
$100,000,000 from GR for a rate increase for childrens hospitals as part of Medicaid client services
Department of Family Protective Services
$83,542,916 from GR for foster care payments
$6,833,593 from GR for relative caregiver payments. A reduction of $8,481,040 to Temporary Assistance to Needy Family (TANF) funds from Relative Caregiver Payments. These federal funds cannot be used for this purpose.
$23,060,052 from federal Child Care and Development Block Grant fund for day care payments contracted through the Texas Workforce Commission.
$8,852,050 from GR for CBC in Region 3B- Fort Worth area.
Department of State Health Services
$7,927,458 from GR for screening newborns for X- linked (X-ALD) new born screenings.
Texas Education Agency
$37,657 from GR for adult high school diploma and industry certification charter school pilot program. $634,200,000 for the adjustment of school district property values and reimbursement to school districts for disaster remediation costs
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
$160,000,000 from GR for Correctional Managed Health Care
$30,000,000 from GR for correctional officer overtime
Department of Public Safety
$5,770,426 from GR for crime lab operations.
General Land Office
$2,000,000 from the coastal protection account for removal of vessels abandoned as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
Texas Commission for Environmental Quality
All fee revenues collected from expedited permit review surcharges assessed under the Texas Clean Air Act and deposited to the Clean Air account in excess of estimate amount in the Biennial Revenue Estimate for costs incurred to support the expedited processing of permit applications.
$1,400,000 from GR for certain litigation expenses related to Rio Grande River Compact
$1,700,000 increase for capital budget items for security upgrades and replacing carpet.
Teacher Retirement System (TRS)
$684,000,000 from GR for state contribution to TRS pension trust account. These funds are contingent on HB 9.
Employees Retirement System
$148,725,414 from GR to increase the state contribution rate by 1.5%. These funds will be deposited into the Employees Retirement System Trust Account.
121 E. Tom Landry