Legislative Update: Jan. 18, 2019

​This Edition

  • Show Us the Money! (Again) 
  • Pomp and Circumstance 
  • Important Issues
  • #TXLege Download
  • Finis ...

Show Us the Money! (Again)

TGIF! Your Capitol Legislative Update crew has a few numbers to share. Think dollars and cents. Last week, we provided information released by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. He shared the famous Biennial Revenue Estimate, projecting that the state will have approximately $119.1 billion in revenue available for general-purpose spending during the 2020-2021 biennium. (Note: The $119 billion does not include other funding sources, such as dedicated funds or federal funds.) 

This week — not to be outdone — both the Senate and the House shared how they will spend, umm, we mean appropriate, the dollars. 

First, House members stated they would invest more dollars in education. Although the House has not filed its budget bill, documents show that chamber’s version of the $247 billion biennium’s budget. 

The Senate filed SB 1 by Sen. Jane Nelson of Flower Mound; its version of the budget is approximately $243 billion budget for the biennium. 

What’s next? Over the next couple of months … yes, months … both chambers will go back and forth, negotiating a final amount. Not to worry — arm wrestling is not part of the negotiation process while both sides work to decide on an amount. 

Pomp and Circumstance

This week was full of more pomp and circumstance. The backdrop at the capitol literally was an excellent setting for Sir Edward Elgar’s music – cue No. 1 in D Major. Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were sworn in on Tuesday. Need a refresher from the recent elections? Okay … Abbott is beginning his second term as Texas’ 48th governor, while Patrick is beginning his second term as the state’s 42nd lieutenant governor. ICYMI: You can read Gov. Abbott’s speech.

Important Issues

When we visit with House and Senate members, Chancellor Joe May and DCCCD staffers have one primary goal: to advocate for our students and colleges on issues of importance. A few of those issues include: 

  • Funding for community colleges
  • Funding for Small Business Development Centers 
  • A student’s right to transfer 
  • Workforce development
  • Local control 

Throughout the session, we will track these issues and bills that affect DCCCD as they make their way through the legislative process. We also will share more details about the issues listed above. As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions. 

#TXLege Download

Back by popular demand, it’s the #TXLege download. As the session moves forward, more bills will be filed (approximately 1,300 bills and resolutions so far), and we’ll have more stories to share. The download will highlight a few top stories or big story items as well as some interesting (to us) articles. 

So, as you snuggle in for the cold winter blast that’s upon us and you pour an extra cup of that tasty Lola Savannah Texas pecan coffee, enjoy the download. A friendly reminder: Some content may be posted behind a pay wall. 

  • The budget

    • Texas House calls or $9 billion education funding increase
    • Texas House proposes massive increase for public school funding
    • How are Texas lawmakers planning to spend billions to improve schools? Here’s the breakdown
    • TX House, Senate put proposals to paper: billions more for schools
    • Senate's Budget Plan Falls $3 Billion Short of House Proposal 
  • Around the capitol

    • Preservation Board votes to remove Confederate plaque at Capitol
    • Confederate plaque removed from Texas state Capitol
    • Gas leak near your home? A Dallas lawmaker thinks you should know
    • At Inauguration, Greg Abbott declares it’s “Time for Texas to deliver real education reform”
    • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick take the oath of office

Finis ...

Let’s be friends. Many of you want more information and a sneak peek into the lege. We are happy to announce the Capitol Update crew is now armed with a Twitter account. (Taking a deep breath here. Okay. Exhale.) Yes, a Twitter account. So let’s be friends, or at the minimum, let’s follow each other.

Visit https://twitter.com/DCCCDgovt to see our tweets (Heyyy) about the shenanigans occurring under the dome. We’ll retweet you. You retweet us. #HappyTimes

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