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Senator Uresti responds to Senate passage of HB 1

May 1, 2015

The Texas Senate passed HB 1, the state budget for the 2016-2017 biennium on April 14th and Uresti, as a member of the Finance Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to highlight the increase of $41 million for Child Protective Services prevention programs. HB 1 will now go to conference committee where appointed members will negotiate differences between the House and Senate budgets.

“I've stood on this floor for many sessions to bring attention to the lack of prevention dollars. Ignoring the prevention side and only addressing child abuse after it occurs has cost our state millions of dollars and countless lives. I am happy and hopeful to stand today and acknowledge the important step forward we are taking toward funding prevention and the needs of our children in this budget.

“We have a legal and moral obligation to take care of our children, and this budget helps us to accomplish that.” said Uresti

HB 1 ends the diversion of funds intended for the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), and increases spending on roads by $5 billion.

“It has been a long road to ending these diversions. Texans are spending too much time in traffic, and it’s hurting not only our businesses, but taking away time we’d rather be spending with our families. This budget will jumpstart relief in some of our congested areas.” said Uresti.