(Austin, Texas) – Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed the proposed state budget for the 2020-21 biennium. The committee substitute for House Bill 1 spends $251 billion and also includes approximately $2 billion of items funded by the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF).
House Bill 1 is responsive to the necessary and immediate needs of Texans by funding items critical to the state, such as education, mental health, property tax reform, sexual assault prevention and victim services, disaster relief, and public safety. The state budget is fiscally conservative spending taxpayer dollars efficiently and effectively to provide significant government services, while coming in well below all four Constitutional spending limits.
“Passing the state budget is the most important accomplishment that legislators can achieve during the legislative session. With the approval of House Bill 1, the Texas House has remained fiscally responsive to the critical needs of our growing state while also being disciplined with taxpayer dollars,” stated Chairman Dustin Burrows. “I applaud the work of our members to develop this state budget and look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to pass House Bill 1 before the session concludes.”
The House also passed Senate Bill 5, the state’s supplemental bill that provides responsible stopgap spending to finish out Fiscal Year 2019. Now that both bills have been voted out by the Texas House, they will be sent to the Texas Senate and considered by their legislative chamber.
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