The House Appropriations Committee passed the committee substitute
for HB 1 (state budget) from its committeeTuesday morning.
The budget is expected to be debated on the House floor next Tuesday,
While the base budget grew over the course of the House
budget hearings by $7.4 billion for All Funds ($209.8 billion total) and $5.8
billion for General Revenue ($104.6 billion), there was little change to the overall
funding for public education.
The bill still contains approximately $2.2 billion for the biennium
(Rider 66 in Article III) for the purpose of improving equity, reducing recapture,
and increasing the state share of the Foundation School Program. There is still
no mechanism to flow this additional funding, but the legislation will most likely be
sponsored by Chairman Aycock in the coming weeks (69 days remain in the 84th
There remains a wish list of unfunded programs in Article XI
for public education that totals $2.8 billion.
The list includes funding for the Instructional Facilities Allotment
($75 million), the New Instructional Facilities Allotment ($52 million), pre-kindergarten
programs ($301 million), and much, much more.
Chariman Otto stated that this budget is still a work in
progress and there are many additional steps in the process that need to be
completed. In the end, the House Appropriations
Committee left about $8.4 billion on the table ($2 billion before reaching the
spending limit, and then an additional $6.4 billion before reaching Comptroller
Hegar’s biennial revenue estimate).
There will also be an estimated $11.1 billion in the Rainy Day
We will continue to review the 889 page House Appropriations
Committee state budget and have more detailed information to you as soon as
possible. There will most likely also be
hundreds of amendments filed prior to next week’s floor debate that we will
also be reviewing in the days ahead.
CSHB 1: http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Documents/Appropriations_Bills/84/84_Committee_Sub_House_1.pdf
LBB Summary CSHB 1: http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Documents/Appropriations_Bills/84/2355_CSHB1_Summary.pdf