Capitol Update: A Look at the Numbers

March 24, 2017

Dear Friends,

We’re half-way through the 85th Texas Legislative session, and it has been another productive week in the Texas Senate.

For the past three months, those of us who sit on the budget-writing Finance Committee have conducted hearings and held late-night “workgroup” meetings to take a detailed, line-by-line look at each government agency or program that receives state funds.

This week, that work culminated in the unanimous, bipartisan committee passage of a conservative budget that fully funds our state’s K-12 education and health care needs and significantly increases funding for Child Protective Services — all without hiking taxes or dipping into our state savings account, the “Rainy Day Fund.”

All this focus on the budget has our office spending a lot of time thinking about numbers. Here are a few we thought might interest you:

Sincerely,

Kelly Hancock
State Senator, District 9
Chairman, Business & Commerce


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