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Newsletter: Legislators Limit State Spending

Last week, some of my colleagues and I began to lay a foundation for a responsible and disciplined state budget over the next two years.

The Legislative Budget Board, a small group of legislators that the Lieutenant Governor and I co-chair, set a Constitutionally required limit on state spending. Specifically, we said spending cannot grow by more than 8 percent over the next two years.

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Speaker Straus Wants to Revisit Cuts to Therapy Programs

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Tuesday called for the Legislature to revisit reductions that have been made to in-home therapy services for children through Medicaid.

The cuts were put in place in response to concerns about high rates for therapy providers. But families affected by the cuts have spoken out against them throughout the state.

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Newsletter: An approach that works for Texas

The 2016 elections are finally behind us. Among other things, that means the next session of the Texas Legislature is right around the corner.

On Thursday, I had the chance to speak to the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. I highlighted some of our top priorities heading into the legislative session that begins January 10: Public and higher education, child protection, mental health, cybersecurity, and making sure Texas is the best state in the country to start a business.

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Speaker Straus Applauds TEA Announcement on Special Ed

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus applauded the Texas Education Agency’s announcement Wednesday that it is halting use of one indicator in a special education monitoring system.

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Newsletter: Ensuring Access to Special Education

Recent news reports have raised concerns that a longstanding Texas Education Agency policy has kept thousands of Texas students from receiving the special education services they need. This week, I called on the agency to suspend or change that policy in order to ensure that students who need special education are indeed getting it.

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