“This is a strong team of conferees, and I am confident we will reach an  agreement with the House to responsibly balance this budget and meet  the essential needs of our state,” Senator Nelson said. “Despite our  challenges, the Senate passed a smart budget that stays true to the  principles of fiscal discipline that have served Texas well.”

The conference committee for SB 1 will include five state senators and  five state representatives appointed from their respective chambers to  work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the FY  18-19 state budget.  The other four Senate conferees are Senators  Hinojosa, Huffman, Kolkhorst and Schwertner. The House conferees are  forthcoming.

The Senate unanimously approved SB 1, authored by Senator Nelson to  establish the state’s budget priorities for the next two years.  The  Senate budget appropriates $217.7 billion in all funds.  Under the  Senate budget, education funding increases by roughly $4.6 billion when  you consider both state and local sources.

Both the Senate and House budgets rely on the same amount of local  school property tax collections. Both budgets fully fund the Foundation  School Program; prioritize resources to protect children and abused  children; and expand funding for mental health.

The Senate budget assumes that Proposition 7 transfers to the highway  fund will occur in September of each year, meaning the 2019 transfer of  $2.5 billion would count against the next budget cycle.  Senator Nelson  has requested an expedited Attorney General opinion to ensure this  transfer complies with the Texas Constitution.

The House budget spends $218.1 billion, including a $2.5 billion draw  from the Economic Stabilization Fund and a $1.9 billion deferral in  education costs to the next biennium.  The House budget also assumes $1  billion in unspecified health care cost reductions and $500 million in  savings due to undefined contracting improvements.

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