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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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WHY IT MATTERS:CERTIFYING THE 2016-2017 TEXAS STATE BUDGET

On June 9, 2015, Comptroller Glenn Hegar certified that the Legislature's new budget is within the Texas Constitution's "pay-as-you-go" spending limit and the Comptroller's revenue estimate.* The budget will direct state spending for fiscal 2016 and 2017. The budget cannot go into effect without the Comptroller's certification.

*The Legislature can make appropriations in excess of anticipated revenue only in the case of an emergency with a four-fifths majority of both houses.

The Big Numbers

Texas state government will have $209.4 BILLION to spend over the next two years.

That's $7,770 for every Texas resident.

The budget includes $106.6 BILLION in General Revenue spending.

Where Does the Money Come From?

  • State taxes
  • Federal grants, allocations, payments and reimbursements
  • Fees, fines, trust fund revenue, bond proceeds and other nontax revenue

Tax Relief

  • Businesses will receive a $2.6 billion break over the next two years due to lower franchise tax rates.
  • Homeowners will receive $1.2 billion in property tax relief IF voters approve an increase in the homestead exemption in November.

Budget Highlights

In Billions of Dollars
Budget Item 2016-17 Budget 2014-15 Budget
Public Education$58.4$55.4
Higher Education$19.9$18.5
Medicaid$61.2$59.1
Transportation$ $
Teacher Retirement System$4.3$4.1
Mental Health$3.6$3.4
Border Security$0.8 $0.5

Budget Highlights Source: Legislative Budget Board, Summary of Conference Committee Report for House Bill 1: Appropriations for the 2016-17 Biennium.

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