AUSTIN – The Conference Committee on HB 1 today adopted the Conference Committee Report on HB 1, the appropriations bill, which establishes education, property tax relief and mental health as priorities for the upcoming two-year budget. This includes today's adoption of budget decisions on Articles II, Health and Human Services, and III, Education.

"This is a responsible, compassionate budget. We made investments in education - in our teachers past and present - as well as in our highways, infrastructure and our efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey," said Senator Nelson. "I am proud of this budget, which will keep Texas strong and successful for many generations to come."

For Article III, Public Education, conferees provided:

  • $2.4B to fund enrollment growth for public education, based on an estimated 65,000 additional students per year;
  • a $9B overall increase for public education and tax relief to conform with the final decisions on HB 3 and SB 2 - which are still in conference;
  • $8M, an increase of $3M, for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, a partnership between technology-based companies and public education;
  • $60M, a $30M increase, to Communities in Schools;
  • $5M for the continued funding of Amachi; and
  • $230M to maintain current health insurance premiums and benefits for our retired teachers through TRS-Care.

For Article III, Higher Education, conferees provided:

  • An additional $80M for TEXAS Grant to support 70% of all eligible students;
  • $157M, an increase of $60M, to address health care workforce shortages, specifically to maintain the state's 1.1 to 1 ratio of graduate medical education slots in relation to the number of medical school graduates;
  • An increase of $100M for the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium;
  • a $200M increase to the general academic formulas including research funding;
  • Increased funding by $72M for community colleges;
  • a $45M increase in funding to the Texas State Technical College formula; and
  • $160M to increase funding for our health related institutions, including $13.4M for UT Southwestern’s new mission-specific formula.

Additionally, for Article II, Health and Human Services, conferees provided:

  • $346.9M for women's health services, bringing funding to a new all-time high;
  • an additional $59M to increase outpatient community mental health treatment capacity and avoid future waitlists;
  • an increase of $26M for an additional 50 community inpatient psychiatric beds;
  • $341.6M for the Early Childhood Intervention program;
  • $20M in additional resources to children's advocacy centers to address increasing demand for services;
  • an additional $5.5M to provide enhanced services to victims of family violence;
  • over $100M for rural hospitals to increase inpatient rates, including $16M to provide a targeted add-on payment for labor and delivery services;
  • $208.8M to address critical deferred maintenance needs at our state hospitals and state supported living centers;
  • $220.7M to provide long-term care rate increases, including those to address attendant wages;
  • $64.3M to expand Community Based Care into two new regions and transition three regions into Stage 2;
  • $12M to provide targeted provider rate increases to build additional capacity to serve foster children;
  • additional caseworkers to lower caseloads at Child Protective Services; and
  • $7M to the Department of State Health Services to address maternal mortality and morbidity.

Click here to view adopted budget decisions for Articles IV, VI, VII and VIII. View adopted budget decisions for Articles I and V here. The Conference Committee Report on HB 1 now goes to each chamber for a final up-or-down vote.

Senator Jane Nelson represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.

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