Austin, TX - As the 86th legislative session comes to a close, the hard work done by the Appropriations Committee is finally coming to fruition with the publication of the final version of the Texas budget. Representative Muñoz voted in support of HB 1, which accomplishes funding towards high priority items and will greatly benefit the state.
The version of HB 1 that the House sent to conference proposed General Revenue (GR) expenditures of $116.5 billion, an increase of $8 billion or 7.3 percent from 2018-19 levels ($108.5 billion). HB 1 and the proposed supplemental budget (SB 500) would have appropriated $2.3 billion and $4.3 billion, respectively, from the Economic Stabilization Fund, lowering its projected balance to $9 billion (after the May revision).
The conference report of HB 1 proposes $118.9 billion in General Revenue appropriations and $3 million from the ESF. The conference committee highlights on HB 1 include:
• $5.1 billion in property tax relief.
• Additional $3.5 million to TEA for the Early Childhood School Readiness Program. This money can be used by schools to fund all-day Pre-K programs.
• $2.3 billion for students with disabilities.
• $50.5 million in GR for the new Special Education Supports Initiative.
• $10 million for innovative services for students with dyslexia out of the students with disabilities strategy.
• $79.8 million for Texas Grants for college students.
• $2 million in GR for school safety programming provided by Crime Stoppers.
• $2.5 million in GR for non-formula support for Public Community/Junior Colleges.
• $2 million increase in GR for the Texans Feeding Texans program.
• $2.5 billion increase in Federal Funds for disaster recovery related to Hurricane Harvey.
• $58.4 million in total funds for Human Trafficking
• $6 million in GR for grants to Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) ready facilities.
• $3 million designated to address homeless youth and young adults 24 and younger. This would be the first appropriations directed toward combating this issue and is especially necessary considering that a high number of homeless youths are those who have aged out of foster care.
• $3 million increase in GR for the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) program.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Representative Muñoz saw the budget process from start to finish, and is pleased to deliver funding to continue combating human trafficking, supporting early childhood education, and provide relief for those affected by hurricane Harvey. "I am honored to have been a part of the committee that created improvements to our state's budget and look forward to continue building on the accomplishments we made this session," said Muñoz.
121 E. Tom Landry