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01/16/2017 Action Alert: Urge Lawmakers: Fund Kids Before Concrete

Submitted by Sean Hennigan on Mon, 01/16/2017 - 8:00am
This week, the Senate Finance Committee will begin consideration of Texas’ 2018-2019 biennial budget. Budget leaders warn that the state has less general revenue available for the upcoming biennium than for the current one—even though sales tax and other GR collections are expected to increase—because the state has dedicated so much revenue to the State Highway Fund.

Lt. Governor Patrick said last week that the Legislature would need to cut the budget, and that cuts would come primarily from health, human services, and education. But Texas already is not keeping up with need in these areas, and we need to spend significantly more on foster care services to settle a federal lawsuit and ensure children aren’t hurt or killed in the state’s custody.

Luckily, voters have left lawmakers discretion to roll back portions of the highway dedications if conditions warrant it.

Urge your state senator to commit to vote to reduce sales tax transfers to the State Highway Fund instead of cutting services to children. Call numbers available here.

 

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