August 10, 2017      5:02 PM
Lawmakers face a manageable, but growing, structural budget gap going into 2019
“The bottom line is we’ve made some adjustments to the time of certain things and the payment of other things, and when you add it all together, it’s $8 billion.”
The latest state budget has created an $8 billion
structural gap that will be the first order of business when lawmakers return
to Austin in 2019.
Good or bad, that’s probably worth considering before the
Public Education Committee picks up the House’s $1.8 billion school
finance bill on Friday morning. The methods lawmakers used to balance the
budget aren’t new, but the scope of the debt is broader and deeper.
The Texas Taxpayers and Research Association
has posted its typical post-session
review, and only a quarter of the incoming shortfall can be attributed to
underfunding Medicaid. Dale Craymer of TTARA says the methods lawmakers used was
the standard arsenal of tools to balance a budget that came in at over $200
By Kimberly Reeves