Category Archives: State Budget

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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Lawmakers to revisit use of State Highway Fund money

State lawmakers are expected in 2015 to consider dedicating all of the money from the State Highway Fund (Fund 6) to highway construction and maintenance, rather than using some of it for law enforcement or other needs. Dedicating these funds is one of several proposals … Continue reading

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