Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

April 30, 2003
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

Senate Votes for Balanced Budget That Continues Commitment to Education, Health & Human Services

AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate has approved a $117.7 billion state budget, which covers a $9.9 billion shortfall without rasing taxes, fully funds the Foundation School Program and avoids deep cuts into health & human services.

"This is a conservative budget that stays within our means but marshalls the resources necessary to provide quality public education and to care for our frail, elderly and poor children who are dependent on the government for their general health & well being," said Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, who chaired the Senate Workgroup on Health & Human Services Funding.

The House passed its budget last week, and each chamber is expected to name conferees this week to begin working out differences between the House and Senate versions of the $57.7 billion two-year budget. The highlights include:

"We will continue to scrub the budget for duplications, inefficiencies and government waste to free up every available dollar for essential services, being ever mindful that a tax increase would be devastating to the very people who receive state services and unfair to those hard working Texans who are struggling to make ends meet in this economy," Senator Nelson said.