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Highlights of the House Budget

Below are key provisions of House Bill 1, the two-year budget that passed on April 1 with a vote of 141-5. 

Maintains Fiscal Discipline

  • Overall spending increases by less than 2 percent per year
  • Leaves $8.4 billion unspent, providing significant room for tax relief
  • Stays well beneath the Constitutional spending limit
  • Leaves a projected $11 billion in the Rainy Day Fund

Addresses Key Priorities

  • Invests significant resources in public schools
  • Boosts formula funding for higher education and increases TEXAS Grants
  • Invests additional General Revenue in transportation
  • Prioritizes mental health and graduate medical education

Promotes Public Safety

  • Provides funding for hundreds of new state troopers in the border region
  • Funds the provisions of House Bill 11
  • Provides pay increase for corrections officers to combat 25 percent turnover rate

Increases Budget Transparency

  • Ends diversions of State Highway Fund dollars away from transportation
  • Reduces reliance on fee balances to certify the budget
  • Uses fee revenue collected from drunk drivers to improve hospital trauma care
  • Uses more of the sales tax collected on sporting goods as intended – for state parks
  • Phases out inefficient B-On-Time program, where more than $140 million has gone unused

Reforms State Government

  • Provides new oversight of state contracts and purchases 
  • Begins effort to move investigations of public officials away from Travis County DA
  • Eliminates Emerging Technology Fund and requires reforms to Texas Enterprise Fund