FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/05/2013
TEXAS HOUSE PASSES BUDGET ALLOCATING $1 BILLION MORE TO PUBLIC EDUCATION THAN SENATE
AUSTIN, TX – Last night, State Representative Eric Johnson (Dallas) voted for the 2014-2015 state budget heard on the House floor. This proposal, totaling $193.8 billion, will fund all state agencies and programs for the next two years.
“I had hoped to see the cuts made to public education funding last session fully restored. While this budget fails to accomplish this, it does make a significant step forward by covering enrollment growth and allocating an additional $1 billion more than the Senate version of the budget toward public education,” said Representative Johnson. “We also passed a crucial amendment that makes it very clear that the House will not support vouchers in any form this session."
Under this version of the budget, several programs receive increases in funding that restore some of the previous cuts. For example, the budget allocates $100 million more in all funds to the Primary Health Care Program and $186.7 million more in general revenue to the improvement and expansion of Texas’ mental health services. It also funds an expected increase in acute-care Medicaid caseloads with $843.7 million in general revenue and allocates $1.28 billion for college financial aid funding, an increase of $162.9 million over the 2012-2013 budget.
"On top of the additional funding for public education, the investments this budget makes in important programs like mental health services and college financial aid are important for the future of the state,” Representative Johnson.
The budget will now go to a conference committee to reconcile differences between it and the version passed in the Senate.
Eric Johnson represents District 100, which includes parts of Dallas and Mesquite, in the Texas House of Representatives.
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