Advocacy

Get Ready for the 2019 Legislative Session!

The 2019 legislative session is right around the corner and that means it’s time for YOU to get involved! Step 1: VOTE! Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. On Monday, November 12, legislators will start filing bills in advance of the January 8 start of the 86th legislative session. You can follow the progress of…

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Report: Hurricane Harvey’s Fiscal Impact on State Agencies

The Legislative Budget Board today released their September report on the fiscal impact of Hurricane Harvey on state agencies. Fiscal years 2017 and 2018 actual expenditures through the end of July 2018 total $2,658.4 million in All Funds: • $241.5 million in General Revenue • $5.1 million in General Revenue-Dedicated • $211.2 million in Other…

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Upcoming Legislative Hearings

As the legislature prepares for the 2019 legislative session, committees are beginning to meet regularly to hear from invited witnesses on issues of importance. BUDGET TETAF continues to be actively involved in ongoing discussions of the 2020-2021 budget. As previously shared, TETAF President/CEO Dinah S. Welsh was joined by speakers Darrell Pile, Wanda Helgesen, Angie Burgin,…

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TETAF Testifies on Upcoming DSHS Budget Proposal

TETAF would like to thank those who attended the DSHS legislative appropriation request (LAR) hearings around the state on Monday. TETAF CEO Dinah S. Welsh was joined by speakers Darrell Pile and Wanda Helgesen, on behalf of the TETAF board, as well as their RACs, Angie Burgin on behalf of RAC S and Dr. Lillian…

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House Appropriations Committee Reviews Impact of Hurricane Harvey

The House Appropriations Committee met yesterday to examine the use of federal funds by state agencies responding to the effects of Hurricane Harvey and identify opportunities to maximize the use of federal funds to reduce the impact of future natural disasters. The committee has also been tasked with identifying the need for state resources to…

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DSHS to Host Stakeholder Meetings on 2020-2021 Budget

On Monday, June 11, the Department of State Health Services will host an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the upcoming legislative appropriations request (LAR). While there is no guarantee that legislators will appropriate the items included in an LAR, it is used as a guide for lawmakers and is considered to be the funding…

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RACs Receive Additional Contract Funding

Although appropriators indicated last session the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) would receive level funding for FY 18 and 19 contracts with the state, actual FY 18 appropriations were significantly less – some RACs saw a cut of more than 40%. Even more concerning, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) indicated there may not…

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Call to Action: Depletion of the Tobacco Fund

TETAF is calling on all Regional Advisory Councils and their supporters to reach out to the Texas Senate Finance Committee and the Legislative Budget Board to emphasize the importance of finding level funding for the RACs to replace what was lost due to depletion of the tobacco fund! In 2011, the $100 million corpus of…

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Senate Finance Committee Examines Trauma Funding Needs

On January 30, the Texas Senate Committee on Finance took up a charge to review revenue sources currently funding the state’s trauma system and the impact of declining revenues and balances in General Revenue – Dedicated accounts. In addition, they are evaluating the impact of statutory changes affecting trauma system funding, including efforts to eliminate…

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Upcoming Legislative Hearings

The Texas Legislature will hold hearings Jan. 30 to discuss trauma funding and March 22 to discuss substance abuse and opioids. On Jan. 30 at 10:00 am, the Senate Finance Committee will convene in room E1.036 of the Capitol to review revenue sources currently funding the state’s trauma system and the impact of declining revenues…

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