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Speaker Straus Highlights Importance of Great Public Schools

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus stressed the importance of great public schools during a recent speech to the Texas Association of School Boards in San Antonio. He also encouraged supporters of public education to continue pushing for school finance reforms that would improve public education and reduce the state's reliance on local property taxes. Please see highlights below. 


Speaker Straus Applauds Signing of CPS, Foster Care Bills

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio applauded Wednesday the signing of bills that aim to improve Child Protective Services and the state’s foster care system.

Leading up to this year’s legislative session, high-profile and tragic incidents put a spotlight on problems at CPS. Much of the focus was on high turnover among caseworkers tasked with protecting children from abuse. As a result, legislators approved the hiring of more than 1,400 additional caseworkers and authorized higher salaries in order to reduce turnover and bring stability to the workforce.

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Newsletter: The House Stands Adjourned

The 2017 legislative session ended Monday, and I'm proud of what we accomplished in the Texas House. We delivered results on a number of issues that are important to our community in Bexar County and the future of our entire state.

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Texas House Concludes Productive Legislative Session

The Texas House adjourned sine die on Monday, wrapping up a 140-day legislative session in which the body took significant action on a number of challenges facing the state. 

 “The results of this session are going to make a real difference in Texans’ lives,” said House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio. “The House prioritized issues such as protecting children from abuse and improving mental health care, and we accomplished what we set out to accomplish.”

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Texas House Approves Balanced Budget That Prioritizes Child Protection, Mental Health

The Texas House gave final and overwhelming approval Saturday to a budget proposal that keeps state spending flat while making significant investments in child protection and mental health care.
The budget, Senate Bill 1, appropriates about $107 billion in General Revenue and almost $1 billion from the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund. Including federal funds and other dollars, the budget totals $217 billion.

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