Senator Robert "Bob" Deuell, M.D.
The Texas State Senate
District 2

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2003

***CAPITOL UPDATE***

Summary of Biennial Budget

(AUSTIN) - Recently, the Legislative Budget Board (LBB), issued a summary of the conference committee report for House Bill 1, which is the total Texas budget for fiscal years 2004-2005. This article highlights portions of that summary. To view the full report, please visit the LBB website at www.lbb.state.tx.us, or please feel free to contact my office.

The House Bill 1 Conference Committee's recommended appropriations for state government operations for the 2004-05 biennium total $117.4 billion from all fund sources. The recommendations provide a $1,602 million, or 1.4 percent, increase from the 2002-03 biennial level. General Revenue funding, including funds dedicated within the General Revenue Fund, totals $63.5 billion for the 2004-05 biennium, a decrease of $2.2 billion, or 3.4 percent, from the anticipated 2002-03 biennial spending level. The Conference Committee's recommendations include $58.2 billion in "pure" General Revenue Funds.

The House Bill 1 Conference Committee's recommendations for the 2004-05 biennium include the following funding changes from the 2002-03 biennium:

General Revenue Funds
A $2.6 billion, or 4.3 percent, decrease in General Revenue Funds. General Revenue Funds make up 49.5 percent of the recommended budget.

General Revenue-Dedicated Funds
A $334.4 million, or 6.6 percent, increase in General Revenue-Dedicated Funds. General Revenue-Dedicated Funds make up 4.6 percent of the recommended budget.

Federal Funds
A $2.2 billion, or 5.9 percent, increase in Federal Funds. Federal Funds make up 33.4 percent of the recommended budget.

Other Funds
A $1.7 billion, or 13 percent, increase in Other Funds. Other Funds make up 12.5 percent of the recommended budget. The recommendations result in major funding changes for the following functions:

Public Education
A $875.2 million, or 3.4 percent, decrease in General Revenue and General Revenue-Dedicated Funds; a $1.3 billion, or 22.8 percent, increase in Federal Funds; and a $770.1 million, or 52.9 percent, increase in Other Funds.

Higher Education
A $144 million, or 1.1 percent, decrease in General Revenue and General Revenue-Dedicated Funds; and a $302.9 million, or 9.3 percent, increase in Other Funds.

Public Safety and Criminal Justice
A $299.8 million, or 4.3 percent, decrease in General Revenue and General Revenue-Dedicated Funds; a $131.6 million, or 33.8 percent, decrease in Federal Funds; and a $100.6 million, or 10.5 percent, increase in Other Funds.

Natural Resources
A $108.4 million, or 7 percent, decrease in General Revenue and General Revenue-Dedicated Funds; and a $33.2 million, or 11.6 percent, decrease in Federal Funds.

Business and Economic Development
A $74.2 million, or 9.9 percent, decrease in General Revenue and General Revenue-Dedicated Funds; a $45.4 million, or 0.6 percent, increase in Federal Funds; and a $261.1 million, or 4.2 percent, increase in Other Funds.

Health and Human Services
A $100.9 million, or 0.7 percent, increase in General Revenue and General Revenue-Dedicated Funds; and a $944.5 million, or 4.1 percent, increase in Federal Funds.

Regulatory
A $22.7 million, or 4.7 percent, increase in General Revenue and General Revenue-Dedicated Funds; and a $30.8 million, or 13.6 percent, increase in Other Funds.

General Government
A $26.4 million, or 1.5 percent, increase in General Revenue and General Revenue-Dedicated Funds; and a $72.2 million, or 11.1 percent, decrease in Federal Funds.

PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND TARGETS

There are four types of performance measures used in the appropriations process: outcome, output, efficiency, and explanatory. Each type of measure serves a different purpose: outcome measures are used to assess an agency's effectiveness in serving its key customers and in achieving its mission, goals, and objectives. They also are used to direct resources to strategies with the greatest effect on the most valued outcomes; output measures are used to assess workload and the agency's efforts to address those demands; efficiency measures are used to assess the cost efficiency, productivity, and timeliness of agency operations; and explanatory measures are used to define the agency's operating environment and to explain factors that are relevant to the interpretation of other agency measures.

Performance measures contained in the General Appropriations Act are designated as key measures. For key outcome, output, efficiency and explanatory performance measures, a target is established for each year of the biennium for which funds are appropriated.

To contact Sen. Deuell about the legislative process, contact the Capitol Office at (512) 463-0102 or mail to Sen. Bob Deuell, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711. The website for the Texas Senate is www.Senate.state.tx.us. The e-mail address for Sen. Deuell is: bob.deuell@senate.state.tx.us.

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