Austin, TX- Early Thursday morning, after 14 hours of debate on the floor of the House of Representatives, the Texas House of Representatives voted unanimously to adopt House Bill 1, the state budget for the 2020-2021 biennium. “This budget was carefully crafted throughout the past couple of months in the Appropriations committee in which I proudly serve, and was adjusted through 300 proposed amendments from the entire body,” said Representative Muñoz. “In the end, I was proud to vote in favor of a budget that makes significant investments in critical areas of the State.”
Following this vote, HB 1 heads to the Senate. When the Senate passes their version, the two chambers will negotiate any differences in a conference committee and propose a final budget plan for each's chamber's approval.
The adopted version of HB 1 is a $251 billion budget which includes:
Increased Funding for our Students:
• $54.5 million for the Safe and Healthy Schools Initiative, which is a new initiative meant to support student mental health and positive school culture. $2.3 billion has been funded for students with disabilities. $10 million was contributed for grants for students with autism and another $10 million for grants for students with dyslexia.
• $866.4 million for Texas Grants. This is an increase of $79.9 million to students in good academic standing who demonstrate financial need. Another $95.9 million was contributed to Texas Equalization Opportunity Grants for students in good academic standing attending junior and community colleges.
Mental health Funding
• $31.1 million to expand mental health capacity at Local Mental Health and Behavioral Health Authorities.
• $11.8 million was also provided to increase services in the Children’s Community Mental Health program.
Women’s Health Funding:
• Increased funding from $87.9 million to $366.9 million for women's health programs that provide family planning services (FPL) and annual exams to women ages 18 to 44 that do not qualify for Medicaid.
• $7 million contingent on legislation to address the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis through the Texas Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (Texas AIM).
Sexual Assault Victims Funding:
• $10 million for CAC and CASA programs for child victims of sexual assault. $10 million for Basic Civil Legal Services for Victims of Sexual Assault.
• $20 million to provide grants to sexual assault forensic exam-ready facilities.
State Employee Retirement System Contributions:
• $943 million to the ERS retirement program. This increases the retirement contribution for all general state agencies from .5% to 1% of total base wages and salaries for each eligible employee.
Other Notable Funding:
• $100 million for disaster grants.
• $251.8 million for EMS and Trauma Care Systems.
• $1.7 billion in All Funds for childcare services provided to low-income families and foster care and protective service populations.
• $7.8 million total for a rate increase for the home-delivered meal program.
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