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Sen. Uresti finance appointment bodes well for San Antonio and District 19

June 1, 2015

As the 84th Legislature completes the state budget, one thing is apparent—San Antonio and District 19 have benefitted from having a voice on the Senate Finance committee.

“When Lt. Governor Patrick appointed me to serve on the Senate Finance Committee, citizens of San Antonio and District 19 gained their first representation on the committee in over 17 years. We have a lot of needs in our community, and I have fought hard this session to make those needs a priority that’s reflected in our budget.” said Senator Carlos Uresti.
A few of the top priorities for San Antonio and District 19 funded in the budget include:

  • Texas A&M University—San Antonio, expansion to admit freshman and sophomores, the first time a 4-year institution will be located on the Southside, $11 million.
  • Texas A&M University—San Antonio, Science, Technology and Math (STEM) building, $57.7 million.
  • G.J. Sutton State Office Building, $2 million financing ($132 million total project cost)
  • University of Texas—San Antonio/ UT Health Science Center, $8 million.
  • Alamo deferred maintenance & master plan, $30 million.
  • County road royalty payments, $13 million.
  • $3.8 billion in property and franchise tax relief.

In the 82nd legislative session, Senator Uresti rose to speak against the state budget due to a lack of funding for child abuse and neglect prevention services. This session, Senator Uresti sustained his record of fighting for child abuse prevention programs and was instrumental in securing:

  • Increases in child abuse prevention funding of $37 Million, for a total of $117.7 Million.
  • Increases in funding for home visitation programs of $5 Million for a total of $67 Million (state/federal).
  • Military family focused programs, $3.2 Million.
  • Parental-Child Safety Placements, $5 Million.
  • Abusive Head Trauma and Safe Sleep Programs, $2 Million.
  • Increased pay for foster care providers, $24.9 Million.

“I have been unwavering on the need to increase child abuse prevention funding, even in tough times when it fell on deaf ears. When I requested an appointment to Senate Finance, I did so with our children in mind, because I know that when Texas invests in prevention we save money, but more importantly--we save lives.

“While it took diligence to secure increased funding, the real heavy lifting will be putting it to work in an effective way that maintains accountability to the taxpayer,” said Uresti.