FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/07/2017
TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES FISCALLY DISCIPLINED STATE BUDGET FOR THE 2018-19 BIENNIUM
(Austin, Texas) -- Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved the proposed House budget after working diligently over the last few months to produce a fiscally conservative and balanced budget that continues to address the important needs of the state. Despite the fact that there were significant revenue challenges facing the state as well as considerable population and inflation growth, the House has crafted a state budget that spends $106.8 billion in available revenue, which is over $1 billion less than the current biennium's budget.
“Adopting a state budget that is fiscally responsible and supports the state’s functions is the number one priority of the Texas House,” Parker stated, “We have not only passed a spending plan that provides for the critical needs of the state, but we also achieved this goal without spending beyond our means, and I am proud of what we have accomplished today.”
The budget passed by the House, also known as the committee substitute for Senate Bill 1, is an important step towards finalizing the state's two-year spending plan. Although it makes substantial budgetary cuts, the House budget includes investing new money into public education while also reducing recapture, it addresses the foster care crisis in Texas by investing additional funds in child protective services, it dedicates new funding to community mental health services across the state, and it maintains the House's commitment to border security funding.
At this time, Senate Bill 1 has been voted out of both the Texas Senate and House. The budget will now head to a conference committee between the two chambers where legislative members of both bodies will then finalize a state budget for each chamber’s approval.
Now in his 6th term in the Texas Legislature, Representative Parker is focusing his efforts on promoting fiscally responsible government spending, foster care reform, transportation investments, border security, mental health advocacy, property tax reform, and providing a vibrant education system. Parker will also continue his work and advocacy for the protection of children, and has previously been highly recognized for his legislative successes related to abuse prevention, ending teenage homelessness, and public safety. Representative Parker is the current Chairman of the Investments and Financial Services Committee. He also serves on the House Committees on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs and Redistricting.