Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus sent a letter to all state agencies Thursday directing to cut budget request by four percent for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, a release from Abbott’s office said.
The three urged heads of agencies to develop budgets that added to the work of the 84th Legislative session to restrain the size of government, strengthening the state.
According to the release, exceptions to the baseline request limitation include funds necessary to:
- maintain funding for the Foundation School Program under current law
- maintain public safety resources in the border region to help secure Texas
- satisfy debt service requirements for bond authorizations
- maintain funding at fiscal year 2017 budgeted levels plus amounts necessary to cover the impact of payroll growth for state pension systems and employee group benefits (not including payroll contributions made by state agencies and institutions of higher education for retirement and group health insurance), though group benefit modifications may be considered
- maintain funding for Child Protective Services
- maintain funding for behavioral health services programs
- maintain current benefits and eligibility in Medicaid programs, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the foster care program, the adoption subsidies program and the permanency care assistance program. Baseline requests for these programs should include amounts sufficient for projected caseload growth.
Click here for the letter to state agencies: BudgetLetter_06302016