* Correction appended
The Texas Senate and House released the first drafts of their next two-year budget this week. Neither proposal restores the more than $5 billion in cuts to public education from the previous session, and both leave the more than $11 billion in the Rainy Day Fund untouched. Budget leaders in both chambers say they purposely wrote the base budgets lean to give lawmakers the chance to shape its development over the course of the legislative session.
Use this interactive to explore how state spending has grown since 2004. The graph shows every two-year budget since 2004 and the 2014-15 base budget proposed by the Senate, which is where the budget bill will originate this session. The House base budget is about $900 million larger. The current 2012-13 budget is estimated in the graphs because it factors in several billion dollars of additional supplemental spending that lawmakers are expected to add to it during the current session. That estimate comes from the Legislative Budget Board.
The graph also includes the Texas budgets adjusted by the growth in the state's population based on figures published by the Texas comptroller's office. We've also adjusted the budget for both population growth and inflation in government spending based on data published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Inflation data for government spending was not available for after 2011.
View the numbers as a line chart...
...or as a bar chart.
* Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct miscalculations in the data underlying the graphs. An earlier version of the interactive used incorrect figures in graphing the state's spending growth adjusted for population and inflation.
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