Straus: Process to End Budget Diversions Starts Now

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Monday said the Texas House must get serious about undoing billions of dollars in budget diversions.

Straus stopped by a subcommittee hearing of the House Appropriations Committee to ask House members to address dozens of taxes and fees that were originally created to fund specific programs but are repeatedly tapped by lawmakers to help balance the state budget.

“We should make our budget more transparent by spending these fees for their intended purposes or not collecting them at all instead of using them for certification,” Straus said.

The taxes and fees at issue hit ...

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