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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
February 2, 2017
Contact: Melissa Duncan

On the agenda: Article I - General Government

Office of the Governor & Trusteed Programs within the Office of the Governor
Office of the Attorney General
Secretary of State
Facilities Commission

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Highlights for Today's Hearing

  • To balance the budget, as a starting point SB 1 adjusts several grant programs within the Office of the Governor.
    • Last session the Legislature eliminated the Emerging Tech Fund and directed its fund balance into the Enterprise Fund and a new program, the Governor’s University Research Initiative(GURI). Because those funds have been depleted, there is no longer a revenue source available for GURI, which is not funded in SB 1.
    • SB 1 provides $10 million for film and gaming incentives, $43 million for the Enterprise Fund, and $34.3 million in tourism funds with a 100-percent local match required -- with the goal of starting a conversation about the appropriate use of state resources in a tough budget session.
    • SB 1 includes $24.8 million General Revenue for Disaster Funds, with the ability to carry forward any unexpended balances from FY 17, an increase from $14.8 million General Revenue approved last session; includes a new rider requiring that the Legislature be notified when disaster funds are disbursed.
  • SB 1 provides an additional $346.8 All Funds to help crime victims -- $159.2 million All Funds to be administered by the Governor’s Office and $197.6 million All Funds by the Office of Attorney General; and
  • SB 1 includes an additional $25 million to purchase high-caliber bullet-proof vests for Texas law enforcement.

Statement from Senator Nelson: "Economic development is important, and I want to keep Texas competitive when it comes to landing opportunities for our state. SB 1 is a starting point. However, in lean budget cycles, there needs to be a serious discussion and distinction between which items are core government functions and which ones are not."