Friday, March 29, 2013

SB 1 - Funding Passes!

Sen. Tommy Williams, the chamber’s chief budget writer (right), and Sen. Royce West chatted on the opening day of the session. Source:

On March 22, the Senate passed SB1 which increases funding for public schools, colleges and health care. This bill also provides a pay raise for public employees.

The passage of the bill does not entirely fix the cuts that occurred during the last legislative session; in fact, the bill only puts back $1.4 billion of the $5.3 billion that was taken away. When the bill was passed, only two senators voted no, one of which was Democratic Senator Wendy Davis. Sen. Davis wanted to put more money into the public schools. Other descent was from Sen. Sylvia Garcia of Houston, who voted no because of the small improvement made to the education budget as well.

Sen. Tommy Williams, the chief budget writer, says "we have come a long way, baby, since last session."

Ivy Anderson

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