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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
[SENATE SEAL]
February 26, 2015
Contact: Megan Hanson
512-463-0112
TODAY IN FINANCE

On the agenda: Articles I, V, VII, AND IX

  • Secretary of State
  • Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission
  • Texas Juvenile Justice Department
  • Department of Transportation

For the full agenda, please view the posting online

Highlights:

  • This is the Senate Finance Committee's final day of agency hearings. Today in Finance will be distributed on an as-needed basis moving forward this session.
  • SB 2 includes a block funding rider for the Department of Juvenile Justice to allow the Legislature to discuss and address the challenges facing this agency without being limited by the current budget structure.
    • Statement from Senator Nelson: "We need to look closer at the approaches taken by this agency to intervene with juvenile offenders and help them get back on the right path. Our dollars should be invested in programs that are reducing recidivism and getting the best results."
  • Department of Transportation
    • SB 2 includes $5B in new funding for transportation over the biennium. It includes $1.2B from ending diversions from Fund 6, appropriates approximately $2.6B from Proposition 1 and includes a rider appropriating a one-time dedication of $1.2B from the motor vehicle sales tax for transportation.
    • Statement From Senator Nelson: "Our base budget prioritizes funding for transportation by ending diversions and adding much-needed resources to jump start highway projects. We will continue to work this session to address our transportation needs."

To watch the Senate Finance Committee hearing online, click here.


Senator Jane Nelson
Chair, Senate Finance Committee

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