FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/03/2015
REPRESENTATIVE MILLER CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Austin, Texas—The 84th Legislative Session moved to adjourn Sine Die, Monday, June 1, 2015. Representative Rick Miller completed his Sophomore term serving District 26 in a session that successfully cut taxes, increased border security, made strides to improve education, funded transportation, protected life and defended Second Amendment rights.
The House of Representatives fought to pass a conservative state budget, House Bill 1. This is the one single piece of legislation that must pass each session, as required by the Texas Constitution. The budget totals $209 billion, an amount that stays below the constitutional spending limit and leaves more than $11 billion in the Rainy Day Fund. The Legislature also passed nearly $4 billion in tax relief through a twenty-five percent reduction in the business margins tax and a $10,000 increase in the homestead exemption. Even as it limits spending, however, the budget provides additional funding for education, border security, transportation and child protection.
“I am very proud of the work we accomplished this session for District 26,” Rep. Rick Miller said. “As a member of the House Appropriation Committee and Vice Chair of one of the Sub-Committees, I am proud of the state budget we produced. One item in the budget which I am particularly proud of is the $30 million set aside to help military installation and communities survive a possible federal base closure” said Miller. This money will be used as grant funding through the Governor’s office and the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and will be used toward base improvements.
Miller also stated that “for the first time since 2006, legislators voted to fund new facilities at university campuses across the state. This funding will allow the University of Houston at Sugar Land to expand the current campus and build some much needed infrastructure.” Miller also passed House Bill 1982 which provides 16 new acres of land to the University of Houston Sugar Land campus.
Other success of the 84th Legislative Session include TRS-Care, the full funding of the health insurance program for retired public school employees, passing licensed open carry gun legislation, increasing state budget transparency, and the passage of pro-life measures. “It was an honor to work alongside my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Public Health Committee. Our work this session will create growth in the private sector while defending and expanding critical rights for the people of Texas,” stated Miller.
Representative Miller was first elected to office in 2012 and is currently serving his second term in office representing House District 26. He currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Public Health Committee.
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