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HB 1: The Biennial Texas Budget

EDUCATION & PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

  • $5 billion in property tax relief
  • $4.5 billion for transformational education reforms
  • $2 billion for dynamic teacher compensation
  • $500 million in increased formula funds for all
  • higher education institutions
  • $219m for various special education programs to comply with federal maintenance of financial support
  • $80 million to maintain TEXAS Grants

SCHOOL SAFETY

  • $200 million for school safety improvements including building renovations, added security personnel and technology, emergency response training and more
  • $10.93 million to Santa Fe ISD for improvements in response to the school shooting

RETIRED TEACHERS

  • $589 million to TRS to provide retired teachers with a $2,000 13th check on average
  • $524 million to make TRS stable and solvent
  • $230.8 million to cover shortfalls and ensure retired teachers’ healthcare premiums do not increase

HURRICANE HARVEY & DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

  • Over $2 billion from the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) to the Governor’s office for disaster grants, the Flood Infrastructure Fund, school districts, higher education
  • institutions, the General Land Office, Soil and Water Conservation Board and Texas Parks and Wildlife for Hurricane Harvey related expenditures
  • $638 million for local matching funds for FEMA Hazard Mitigation and Public Assistance grants related to Hurricane Harvey damage
  • $47 million for state flood risk mapping at the Water Development Board

SEXUAL ASSAULT & HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION

  • $56.6 million to eliminate the rape kit backlog and increase crime lab capacity
  • $8.6 million for rape crisis centers and sexual assault nurse examiners to the Office of the Attorney General
  • $27.8 million for human and child sex trafficking investigative squads, antigang squads, and regional human trafficking investigative squads at the Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • $5.5 million for anti human trafficking enforcement unit at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC)
  • $3.4 million for the expansion of the Human Trafficking Prevention section at the Office of the Attorney General
  • $1.5 million for the creation of a Human Trafficking Team and to increase inspections of establishments with a high risk for human trafficking at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

BORDER SECURITY

  • Maintains the 18-19 levels of funding for Border Security Efforts
  • $5 million from the ESF to Texas Parks and Wildlife for equipment to improve game wardens’ communication statewide
  • $7.5 million to DPS for Operation Draw Bridge Cameras and 4 analysts for the Transnational Intelligence Center
  • $1.7 million in grants for border prosecution, border zone fire departments and economic development

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES & MENTAL HEALTH

  • Covers shortfalls in Medicaid, foster care, women’s health, state hospitals, state supported living centers, and correctional managed health care
  • 24.3% increase in women’s health funding over 18-19 levels
  • $86 million in rate increases for community care and Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) providers, pediatric home therapists, and pediatric private duty nursing
  • $48 million for rate increases and cost growth for Early Childhood Intervention.
  • $11.7 million for salary increases to hire and retain Adult Protective Services workers
  • Supports Community Based Care expansion for foster care
  • $7.7 billion for behavioral health and substance abuse services
  • Almost $8m to the Department of State Health Services to include testing for X-ALD (adrenoleukodystrophy) in newborn screening

DRIVER’S LICENSE PROGRAM$210 million for the driver’s license program to reduce wait times, improve customer service, hire new employees, and add three additional driver’s license offices
TRANSPORTATION

  • $6.1 billion to TxDOT for non-tolled highway construction
  • $86 million to TxDOT for building, construction, and deferred maintenance

NATURAL RESOURCES

  • Fully appropriates the sporting goods sales tax to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (94%) and the Texas Historical Commission (6%)
  • Provides additional pipeline inspectors and more resources for abandoned well-plugging at the Railroad Commission

MISC.

  • $25 million from the ESF to the Texas Historical Commission for Courthouse Preservation Grants to repair and restore county courthouses throughout Texas

Note: this summary includes select highlights from House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 500, and is not comprehensive.

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