AUSTIN – The Texas Senate today named Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, its chair of the Conference Committee on HB 1, the appropriations bill. She will serve alongside Senators Huffman, Kolkhorst, Taylor and Nichols.
"I look forward to working with this strong group of Senators as we iron out differences between the House and Senate budgets. Both chambers prioritized property tax relief and public education, and I am confident we can finalize a budget that helps homeowners who are struggling with rising property taxes and -- and make sure our schools have the resources needed to give teachers a raise and prepare our students for success."
The Conference Committee on HB 1 will reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the state's upcoming biennial budget. Once the two sides have come to an agreement, the final product will come back before each chamber for a final up-or-down vote.
Both budgets set aside an additional $9B to address property tax relief, teacher pay and education. The House budget appropriates $251B in All Funds, including $116.5B in General Revenue and $2.3B from the Economic Stabilization Fund. The Senate budget appropriates $247.7B in All Funds, including $116.8B in General Revenue and no dollars from the ESF -- and is within all constitutional spending limits and population times inflation. The Senate budget includes:
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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