Category Archives: State Budget

Air conditioning to remedy heat at Texas prison after legal settlement

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has installed air conditioning in a prison near Navasota as part of a recent settlement of a lawsuit brought by inmates over excessive heat at the facility. The settlement requires TDCJ to install … Continue reading

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Texas Legislature reviewing Hurricane Harvey school costs

When Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast last August, it caused extensive damage to school facilities in districts that educate about 1.4 million students. The physical and economic damage left in its wake has required some students to attend school … Continue reading

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TEA seeks funds to boost school internet connectivity

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is asking the Legislature to spend $25 million in fiscal 2018 to help school districts qualify for a federal program that discounts optical fiber construction projects. The agency said the $25 million state investment ultimately could leverage an … Continue reading

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Texas state parks planning updates with dedicated funding

Over the next few years, the state park system in Texas will undergo several repairs and renovations made possible by newly dedicated funding. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), legislation enacted by the 84th Legislature in 2015 to dedicate funding for parks … Continue reading

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Retired teacher health program projects funding shortfall

The state’s health insurance program for retired teachers, TRS-Care, is expected to have a funding shortfall of $875 million in fiscal 2016-17, according to a recent presentation by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) to the Legislative Budget Board. TRS, which administers the … Continue reading

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