MCA Updates: MCA Updates

2/22/2017 11:18 AM in

Forty-four days into the 85th Legislative Session (96 days remaining), the budget process is still in its initial stages.  Both the Senate and House Committees and the respective subcommittees and working groups have heard public testimony. MCA has prepared an updated overview. 

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1/18/2017 4:33 PM in

The Lt. Governor announced the members of the Senate committees today. Sen. Taylor will be the chair of the Senate Education Committee.  For more details please view the document.  

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1/10/2017 8:24 AM in

TEA Commissioner Mike Morath publicly released the 2015-16 A-F Ratings: A Report to the 85th Texas Legislature. The following is Moak, Casey and Associates' preliminary analysis of this "work-in-progress" report.

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10/27/2016 9:14 AM in

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus sent a letter to the Texas Education Agency to immediately stop penalizing school districts for providing specialized education services to more than 8.5 percent of students.

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5/13/2016 9:48 AM in

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled on the school finance case this morning. We are still reviewing the 100 page document, but the current school finance system has been ruled constitutional on all fronts. We will have more analysis is coming days.   

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5/13/2016 10:25 AM in

The Moak Casey and Associates finance presentation from the Midwinter 2016 conference is available in PDF format.

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5/13/2016 10:26 AM in

In spring 2014, Raise Your Hand Texas engaged Moak, Casey & Associates to analyze the financing, including current revenues and expenditures, of Texas open-enrollment charter schools, and compare funding information to that of Texas public school districts. The purpose of this study is to identify differences in funding between the charter schools and school districts.

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2/11/2016 10:27 AM in

From Austin American-Statesman: "Gov. Greg Abbott’s choice to lead the Texas Pension Review Board has drawn sharp criticism from labor organizations that equated the appointment to a betrayal of trust by the governor."

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9/23/2015 3:15 PM in

The link above provides information regarding recent correspondence from TEA.

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9/23/2015 3:15 PM in

The link above is to TEA's correspondence.

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9/23/2015 3:16 PM in

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) developed a very useful document regarding the recent legislative changes to truancy laws that go into effect this school year.

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9/23/2015 3:16 PM in

The Supreme Court of Texas heard oral arguments this morning regarding the lawsuit over the school finance system. The three hour session was marked by active questioning from the justices to both the plaintiffs and the State. Overall, none of the questions seemed overtly hostile to the claims of the plaintiffs. At the hearing's conclusion, Chief Justice Nathan Hecht made no hint at when the Co...

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7/14/2015 2:20 PM in

The NIFA application is available online. Applications must be entered, saved, and sent through the online system. Applications must be sent electronically by August 17, 2015.Neither late applications nor paper applications will be accepted. Pictures, site plans, floor plans, demolition plans (if applicable), and legal documentation must be uploaded into the FSP ...

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5/29/2015 3:21 PM in

With three days remaining in the 84th Legislative Session, the House and Senate both passed the Conference Committee Report for House Bill 1 (state budget).  Please read for more details.  

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5/22/2015 10:44 AM in

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a committee substitute to SB 1 (homestead exemption) from committee on Thursday.  This is part of the now reduced tax relief package compromise between the House and the Senate.  The overall tax relief package is now approximately $3.8 billion (about a $1 billion less than the introduced plans).

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5/20/2015 6:02 PM in

The House and Senate budget conferees adopted the funding level for the Foundation School Program for 2016-17 biennium ($1.5 billion over current law).  The conferees decided to use most of the Senate proposal on school funding, which is well below the House's original proposal of $2.2 billion ($3 billion with the passage of HB 1759).   

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4/30/2015 11:07 AM in

Interested in knowing about the major education funding differences in the state budget between the House and Senate?  The Legislative Budget Board has posted its issue docket for Article III.  

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4/7/2015 4:07 PM in

Chairman Aycock releases school finance printouts for his committee substitute for HB 1759. 

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3/25/2015 11:41 AM in

Chairman Aycock announced that he will substitute HB 1759 with language that will overhaul the current school finance system and add an additional $3 billion over enrollment growth compared to last biennium.

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3/24/2015 5:20 PM in

The House Appropriations Committee passed the committee substitute for HB 1 (state budget) Tuesday morning.  The budget is expected to be debated on the House floor next Tuesday, March 31st. 

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9/23/2015 3:17 PM in

The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to take up some of the voucher bills at its hearing on Thursday, March 26, 2015. We wanted to bring this to your attention as soon as possible, as we know many of your districts and school board members have taken action on similar proposals that have been filed in previous sessions.

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2/24/2015 2:42 PM in

This morning, Lt. Governor Patrick, along with Sen. Nelson and Sen. Schwertner, unveiled the initial Senate proposal that would provide up to $4.6 billion in tax relief to both Texas homeowners and businesses.

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2/17/2015 1:42 PM in

Governor Abbott addressed the 84th Legislature this afternoon.  He detailed his proposed budget, starting with his funding priorities for public education. He also detailed $4.2 billion in business and property tax relief.  

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2/2/2015 1:25 PM in

The Legislative Budget Board released its massive 466 page report entitled Texas State Government Effectiveness and Efficiency Report:  Selected Issues and Recommendations (GEER). The report contains 49 analyses of state agency programs and 106 recommendations. 

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2/22/2017 11:13 AM in MCA Updates

Forty-four days into the 85th Legislative Session (96 days remaining), the budget process is still in its initial stages.  Both the Senate and House Committees and the respective subcommittees and working groups have heard testimony from the Legislative Budget Board, Texas Education Agency, and numerous organizations and associations. MCA has prepared an udpated comparison of the Hous...

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1/12/2015 1:11 PM in

Glenn Hegar, just 10 days after officially being sworn in as the new state comptroller, released the 2016-17 Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE). With a modest revenue growth forecast for 2016 and 2017 and a large ending-balance for 2015, the state is projected to have $113 billion in revenue available for general-purpose spending next biennium.

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12/1/2014 11:33 AM in

The Legislative Budget Board adopted the "pay-as-you-go" constitutional spending limit this morning, allowing the rate of growth in appropriations from state tax revenues not dedicated by the constitution to increase from the 2014-15 biennium to the 2016-17 biennium by 11.68%.  

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12/1/2014 11:34 AM in

Upon the ruling today by State District Judge John Dietz that the Texas school finance system unconstitutional, Moak, Casey & Associates is releasing the following statement.

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8/28/2014 2:47 PM in

Judge Dietz ruled that the current school finance system is unconstitutional on several grounds today. Please view judgement and findings of fact in article for more details.  

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