AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Committee Substitute Senate Bill (CSSB) 1 out of the Senate Finance Committee:
“I commend Chairman Jane Nelson and the members of the Senate Finance Committee which passed out CSSB 1 this morning with a 15-0 bi-partisan vote. This budget fully funds K-12 education and actually increases spending on health care, including Child Protective Services — our two top budget drivers — without raising taxes or using the Rainy Day Fund. It is well within the state’s population growth times inflation and the spending limit.
“The Finance Committee has worked many long days and nights for several weeks to ensure that we have a budget that maximizes our resources in these lean times and reflects our conservative principles. I know I speak for the people of Texas in thanking them for their commitment and their good work on this critical issue.”