For more than 20 years, state revenue has been drained by a program of school property tax abatements known as “Chapter 313,” named after its
Federal grants usually pay for one-third of the Texas state budget, the same as in most other states. Some, like Medicaid, foster care, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program require state or local dollars to be spent as “match” while others are a set amount based on state demographics. Federal aid is especially critical in state health and human services (almost 60 percent federally funded overall) and nutrition benefits (almost 100 percent federally funded).
Outside the state budget, Social Security and Medicare provide near-universal income support and access to health care for Texas seniors, while federal tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit are powerful anti-poverty tools.
What the Legislature Has Failed To Do in 2023 Make investments in the future for all Texans. In particular, the basic allotment (the building block
As the allies, educators, and parents of Texas’ 5.5 million public school students, we urge the Texas Legislature to prioritize our children’s public education. Texans
Instead of focusing on increasing the basic allotment for schools, the primary per-student funding amount, the Legislature set its sights on defunding public education with