Opening Day of the 84th Legislature
Texas House holds the line on spending

The Texas House proposed a budget Thursday that would keep spending flat over the next two years while addressing priorities such as education, transportation and border security.

The House released a two-year state budget plan that would spend $202.4 billion during the 2016-17 budget cycle, up from an estimated $202.1 billion in the current cycle – an increase of 0.2%. The plan appropriates $98.8 billion in General Revenue, up from $95.2 billion.

The initial budget lays the foundation from which House members will work over the next five months.

“This plan proves that the Texas House remains serious about fiscal discipline,” said Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio. “We are able to hold spending in check while addressing some very important challenges related to our rapid growth.”

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