Senator Nelson's Capitol Digest
March 31, 2017
State Budget Passes Texas Senate Unanimously
The Texas Senate approved CSSB 1, the appropriations bill authored by Senator Nelson. The bill, which passed unanimously, stays well within population growth times inflation and the state's spending limit.
"This is a smart budget that meets our priority needs and keeps Texas on path to a successful future. It fully funds the Foundation School Program, fulfills our commitment to transportation and stays true to the policies of fiscal discipline that have served Texas well," Senator Nelson said. Read the news release here.
Capitol Inside Names Senator Nelson #1 On Capitol Power Rankings
Capitol Inside has named Senator Nelson #1 on the list of power rankings in the Texas Legislature. The online publication releases its list every session, and this is the second session in a row that Senator Nelson has earned the top spot.
Mike Hailey, Publisher of Capitol Inside said, "Jane Nelson has as much or more power now as any Texas lawmaker in modern history - and she's earned every bit of it."
Senate Approves SB 17, Phasing Out Franchise Tax
SB 17 by Senator Nelson, was passed by the Texas Senate, to phase out the franchise tax over time if sufficient revenue is available. “There is widespread support to eliminate the franchise tax, which hinders the ability of Texas businesses to grow and prosper. As a business person who paid this tax, I know how complicated and burdensome it can be – especially on small businesses,” Senator Nelson said. “This legislation responsibly phases out the franchise tax while ensuring we retain the revenue necessary to meet the needs of our state." Read more here.
Senator Nelson Applauds Passage of SB 11 Addressing Foster Care Crisis
The Texas Senate approved SB 11, an omnibus Child Protective Service (CPS) reform bill joint authored by Senator Nelson. "This agency has been in a constant state of crisis despite funding increase after funding increase. We must protect these children, and make sure that this agency is reformed the right way - which is the goal of SB 11," said Senator Nelson. https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/01/texas-house-senate-taking-child-welfare-bills-floor/
Emergency Leave Bill Approved By Senate Finance CommitteeThe Senate Finance Committee has approved SB 73, filed by Senator Nelson, to address the use of emergency leave by state employees. “This bill will prevent abuses of emergency leave policies at our state agencies," Senator Nelson said. "We must ensure that emergency leave is reserved for actual emergencies and that taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly."