Appropriations Bill to be Filed on Tuesday, Jan. 15

Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie), House Appropriations Committee Chairman, announced he would file House Bill 1 on Tuesday. It's the first step for the House to “begin a discussion about Texas’ priorities,” said Pitts.

The numbers:

  • $89.1 billion in general revenue; a total of $187.7 billion in all funds
  • a $2.2 billion decrease from 2012-2013 levels
  • it spends $3.7 billion less than the Constitutional Spending Limit and $5.5 billion less than is available under the Comptroller’s Biennial Revenue Estimate
  • it covers the cost of projected enrollment increases in public and higher education for 2014-15
  • it funds Medicaid for a full 24 months
  • no money is appropriated for new grants to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

See the full press release here (PDF).

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