2020-2021 Budget Season Approaches for the Texas Legislature

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High-quality public education and college opportunities for our kids. Health care for our families. The highways we rely on to get from place to place.

All of these critically important things and more rely on the Texas budget. Since our Legislature meets every other year, lawmakers set 2-year budgets.

We’re currently in the 2018-2019 budget, which stands at $217 billion in state and federal revenue. Lawmakers will soon get to work on the 2020-2021 budget, and will also have to approve supplemental funding for 2019, to cover Hurricane Harvey, health care, and other costs.

So far, here’s where we are in the process:

  • February 2018: State agencies, courts, and universities were told by the Legislative Budget Board and Governor’s Budget Office how to develop strategic plans covering 2019 to 2023
  • April 2018: more guidance is provided on how the 2018-2019 baseline should be developed – the basis for preparing 2020-2021 budget requests

April 2018: The Texas Health and Human Services Commission requests stakeholder input on what to include in its budget request to the Legislature, including how Texas communities would benefit

Our Health and Wellness team has provided important input into the process with the following items:

We’re now waiting on the budget instructions from state leaders, which will tell agencies what the starting point baseline can include for 2019’s legislative deliberations – for example, anticipated caseload growth for services funded by Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or foster care.

Follow CPPP for updates and learn how you can stay involved.

Eva DeLuna Castro oversees the Center's work on fiscal and budget policy. She joined the Center in 1998 and focuses primarily on the state budget. Before coming to the Center, she was an Analyst for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, researching various policy issues related to state revenue and spending. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature, cum laude, from Harvard University in 1988 and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997.

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