The Legislature Moves into the Final Stage of Budget Decisions for Texas Kids

After a marathon budget debate in the Texas House (documented through our real-time updates on Twitter), the budget bill establishing the state's priorities for the next two years now goes to a conference committee composed of five Senators and five Representatives. 

We will be working with committee members to accomplish several goals, including:

  • Use a portion of the Rainy Day Fund to avoid cuts (currently included in the House plan) 
  • Undo the Medicaid therapy rate cuts for children with disabilities (largely included in the current House plan and improved by a House budget amendment)
  • Provide $236 million to fully fund the high-quality pre-k grant program (House and Senate plans currently provide partial funding to boost pre-k, but outside of the grant program)
  • Fully fund Medicaid for children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities (House and Senate plans both currently fall short)
  • Fully fund Early Childhood Intervention ($19 million request from HHSC is currently excluded from both the House and Senate plans, though a successful House budget amendment may cover it)
  • Fully fund CPS' request for an additional $1.1 billion (House and Senate plans currently add about half that amount, a significant increase but not enough to meet the state's needs)

For more information, take a look at our blog on the House budget prior to the addition of the amendments on the House floor; our statement on the Senate budget; and recaps of the House budget debate from Texas Impact and CPPP

We look forward to working with you and state legislators to get the job done for Texas kids.