by Coy Holcombe.
Over the last week, we have read and heard many things about the state budget for the upcoming biennium. Most of the news that we have seen does not paint a very rosy picture for education and other state programs. However, I think that a few things need to be kept in mind in all of this:
– The budget that was introduced in the Texas House is only a preliminary budget. It is a starting place. We go through the same process in this district. The first budget that we develop usually does not depict a very good financial picture for EISD. However, by the time the final budget comes around, it is not quite as bad as what we thought in the beginning.
– The Texas Senate will be releasing a budget of their own. According to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, he does not expect quite the drastic cuts in the senate version.
– There are too many variables still to be determined at this point. For example, while the comptroller has certified a preliminary estimate of revenue for the next biennium, that does not mean it will be the final value. It is quite possible for a revised figure to be released that would show the state taking in more revenue than the preliminary estimate.
The bottom line is that it is too early in the process to know exactly what is happening. That does not mean that we should not be communicating with our elected officials and letting them know our thoughts. It is going to take all of us working together to get the best budget possible for our children and the state of Texas.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!