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Wu Statement on Texas House Budget Vote  print page

by: Rep. Wu, Gene
03/28/2019

AUSTIN, TX In the early hours of Thursday morning, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act, by a unanimous vote of 149 to 0. The bill allocates $251 billion for the next biennium; providing a $9 billion increase for public education to improve student outcomes and retain quality teachers, over $300 million to the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice, and close to $800 million to support Child Protective Services and improve foster care.

"I am honored to serve as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, where I fought for critical funding issues for children in our juvenile justice system and Child Protective Services," said Rep. Wu. "Additionally, we were able to shift $5 million for juvenile probation, $72.6 million for Early Childhood Intervention services, $15 million for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to support and house our geriatric population, and $5 million to support medication assisted rehabilitation for prescription opioids," Wu continued.

In the Biennial Revenue Estimate for 2020-21, Comptroller Glenn Hegar projected a balance of more than $15 billion in the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF)". The ESF, or "Rainy Day Fund," was created to stabilize the budget during times of fiscal shortfall. House Bill 1 includes $2.5 billion from the ESF for the 2020-21 biennium to continue Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and additional infrastructure enhancements.

Once the Senate approves House Bill 1, the two chambers will meet in conference committee to reconcile differences between each chamber's version of the budget before sending on to the Governor for approval.

"Our work is not done, and I hope we can find common ground to prioritize the needs of our children. I look forward to continuing this conversation to finalize the budget with our Senate colleagues, " said Wu.

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