Analyses to Help You Prepare for the Conference Committee Budget Debate

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May 1, 2007

Education Side-by-Side >>  
Overview >>  
Public Health (DSHS) Side-by-Side >>  
Protective Services Side-by-Side >>  
Assistive & Rehabilitative Services Side-by-Side >>  
Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Side-by-Side >>  
TANF Federal Block Grant Side-by-Side >>  
Medicaid and CHIP Side-by-Side >>  

CPPP has revised its overview of the differences between House and Senate state budget proposals for 2008 and 2009. More detailed side-by-side comparisons for Education, Protective Services, Medicaid/CHIP, Public Health, Assistive & Rehabilitative Services, and Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) are also available. Texas can afford to meet all its needs. Texas has at least $3 billion more in General Revenue that the legislature could appropriate. In addition, the legislature could redirect $1.4 billion in the House and Senate proposals that would only undo past payment deferrals. Undoing these payment deferrals has no purpose except to shelter money to pay for tax cuts after 2009. If the legislature appropriated this entire $4.4 billion to meet today's needs, Texas would still have another $4.3 billion in its Rainy Day Fund to meet an emergency of any sort.