AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today on the final passage of Senate Bill 1, the 2022-2023 State Budget, and House Bill 2, the 2021 Supplemental Budget:
“I congratulate Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and the Texas Senate for the unanimous final passage of the State Budget and House Bill 2, the Supplemental Budget, today. This budget is within all state spending limits and once again affirms that our conservative budgeting principles are sound and that Texas is coming back stronger than ever because our fiscal foundation is solid.
“When we began work on the budget last summer, we were facing the economic challenges brought about by the pandemic as well as the market problems that plagued our oil and gas industry. At that time, I affirmed my commitment to the property tax cuts and education funding laid out in 2019, and this budget does that. We also increased our support for retired teachers.
“Because of the border crisis precipitated by current federal policies, I made sure we maintained support for enhanced border security as well as providing $120 million in pay increases for our brave Department of Public Safety troopers and other law enforcement. In addition to the skyrocketing border surge, our law enforcement officers are being called on to quell unrest on some city streets. Law enforcement puts their lives on the line for us every day to protect our communities and now, more than ever, they deserve our support.
“This budget reflects our increased investments in transportation and infrastructure, including highway planning and construction, higher education, bolstering our health care workforce, as well as our on-going commitment to health care, mental health, our rural hospitals and women’s health.
“Again, I commend Chairman Nelson and the Senate Finance Committee for their work on the Texas State Budget. I also congratulate them for earning the unanimous approval of the Texas Senate. Texas has the 9th largest economy in the world, and this budget ensures that it will continue to flourish.”