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Speaker Straus on Gov. Abbott’s State of the State Address

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) released the following statement in response to Governor Greg Abbott’s State of the State address:

“Governor Abbott put a powerful spotlight on issues that are very important to Texas and to the Texas House, and I am confident that the House is going to address those priorities in a meaningful way. The House will carefully consider the details of these proposals as we continue to develop a sound, disciplined state budget. We look forward to working further with Governor Abbott and the Senate on behalf of the citizens of Texas.”

Newsletter: A Commitment to Fiscal Discipline

During the first week of our new legislative session, the House unveiled our initial budget proposal for the next two years. This plan is the starting point from which my colleagues and I will address a range of issues between now and the end of our legislative session on June 1st.

The state budget is more than just a collection of numbers on a piece of paper (or, to be more precise, a thousand pieces of paper). It reflects our principles and our priorities, and this first proposal provides a strong foundation for our work going forward.

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Texas House holds the line on spending

The Texas House proposed a budget Thursday that would keep spending flat over the next two years while addressing priorities such as education, transportation and border security.

The House released a two-year state budget plan that would spend $202.4 billion during the 2016-17 budget cycle, up from an estimated $202.1 billion in the current cycle – an increase of 0.2%. The plan appropriates $98.8 billion in General Revenue, up from $95.2 billion.

The initial budget lays the foundation from which House members will work over the next five months.

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Straus: Strengthen Oversight of Taxpayer Funds

The Texas House will soon release a budget proposal that significantly strengthens oversight of state agency contracts, Speaker Joe Straus announced Friday.

The budget that the House will file in the coming weeks will require an agency or institution of higher education that wants to award a contract, or make a purchase, worth more than $10 million to meet several new reporting requirements. The requirements will also apply to contracts and purchases that are worth more than $1 million and do not go through a competitive bidding process.

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House to Continue Education Reforms

The Texas House will continue to strengthen college and career readiness in the upcoming legislative session by providing additional training for high school guidance counselors, Speaker Joe Straus said Monday.

The initiative will build on the successes of House Bill 5, a major education reform measure that the Legislature passed unanimously in 2013. House Bill 5 changed high school graduation requirements to allow students more flexibility in their coursework. Students can now tailor their courses to better reflect their own goals for college and career success.

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