The budget, which passed with a vote of 31-0, includes $2.5 billion in additional funding for public education, including pay raises for teachers and funding for pre-kindergarten programs. It also allocates $1 billion for border security measures, including the hiring of new troopers and the purchase of new equipment.
In addition to education and border security, the budget also provides increased funding for healthcare and mental health services, as well as pay raises for state employees.
The passage of the budget comes amidst broader debates around spending and fiscal policy in Texas and the US more broadly. As the state continues to grapple with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers are seeking to balance the need for economic stimulus with the need for fiscal responsibility and long-term planning.
Overall, the passage of the $250 billion budget represents a significant investment in education, public safety, and other key priorities in Texas, and reflects the state's ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of its residents and communities. As lawmakers and stakeholders continue to debate and discuss key policy issues, the budget will play an important role in shaping the state's future trajectory and ensuring a more equitable and prosperous future for all Texans.