Tribpedia: Legislative Budget Board

The Legislative Budget Board (LBB) is a permanant joint committee that establishes budgetary recommendations for the Legislature regarding state agencies and estimates the resulting costs in proposed legislation.

According to the Handbook of Texas Online, a publication of the Texas State Historical Association:

"The board appoints the budget director, who prepares the budgetary requests of all state spending agencies as ...

Interactive: A Closer Look at Texas' Base Budgets

The Texas Senate and House have released their first drafts of the state's next two-year budget. Lawmakers in both chambers say they wrote lean drafts to give lawmakers the chance to debate how they might use the Rainy Day Fund and other available pots of revenue. Use this interactive to explore how state spending has grown since 2004.

The Emergency Shelter for Teen Mothers and Young Children-one of several protective care units at the Austin Children's Shelter, Thursday, November 17, 2011.
The Emergency Shelter for Teen Mothers and Young Children-one of several protective care units at the Austin Children's Shelter, Thursday, November 17, 2011.

Abuse Reports in Texas Increase as Economy Falters

More children than ever are living in poverty in Texas, and experts speculate that the seemingly unending recession is a key factor in the increase in reports of child abuse and neglect statewide. The number of reported cases of abuse has grown 6 percent in Texas since 2008, and service providers are struggling to keep up with the need for help.

Rep. Sylvester Turner D-Houston, speaks with Sen. Steve Ogden R-Bryan during finance committee hearing on May 23rd, 2011
Rep. Sylvester Turner D-Houston, speaks with Sen. Steve Ogden R-Bryan during finance committee hearing on May 23rd, 2011

Budget Negotiators Agree on Education Funding

House and Senate negotiators agreed on spending on education, state salaries and benefits this morning and hope to have the final vote on the 2012-13 budget sometime this weekend.

Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, listens to debate after bringing budget bill CSHB1 to the floor on May 3, 2011.
Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, listens to debate after bringing budget bill CSHB1 to the floor on May 3, 2011.

Liveblog: Senate Debates Budget Bill

The Texas Tribune is liveblogging the Senate's debate over its substitute for House Bill 1, the proposed budget for the next biennium. The Senate will attempt to pass a bill that cuts state and federal spending by about $11 billion, or 5.9 percent. While lawmakers generally agree that spending level is acceptable, there is no consensus when it comes to the proposed methods of financing the bill, including a possible withdrawal from the Rainy Day Fund. Follow our liveblog for the latest developments. 

Gov. Rick Perry (c) visits the Texas House and talks to Rep. Gary Elkins (l), R-Houston and Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, on April 26, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry (c) visits the Texas House and talks to Rep. Gary Elkins (l), R-Houston and Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, on April 26, 2011.

Perry: "No Faith" In LBB; Leave Rainy Day Fund Alone

Gov. Rick Perry says he is unswayed by estimates that the state's Rainy Day Fund may end up being more flush than previously anticipated and blasted the Legislature's budget office as an unreliable source of numbers.

Interactive: Close the Texas Budget Shortfall

Texas lawmakers have six weeks left in the regular session, and their struggle with the state's tight 2012-13 budget is expected to take up much of that time and could even extend into a special session this summer. It's a hard job, and perhaps the best way to show you that is to let you decide for yourself how the $27 billion shortfall should be closed. Use our interactive budget shortfall app to see what you're willing to give up to close the gap.

Texas Budget Players in Race to Find New Revenue

The Big Men on Campus in the school known as the Texas Legislature have the unenviable job of finding money to alleviate the massive cuts outlined in House Bill 1, the general appropriations bill for the next biennium. Nearly 90 days into the session, lawmakers are playing a sometimes unorganized political game where the stakes are high and changes can happen quickly.

Some Cuts to Texas Budget Actually Cost Money

Cutting the budget can be expensive. Something that appears to save money can, on further inspection, cost more. Family planning, for instance. Shrinking the state’s family planning services would cost money because it would result in an increase in babies paid for by Medicaid. And to the extent that this is about money, and not about policy or politics or philosophy, it wasn’t a smart series of cuts. 

The Texas Budget Cycle

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Confused about the state's budget process? Trust us — you’re not alone. Check our a flow chart to understand where we are in the process (highlighted in yellow; current status highlighted in green) and what steps are next (highlighted in gray). If you click on the boxes, you'll see we’ve linked to the applicable web sites and documents so that you can take a look for yourself at the bills being considered.

Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, votes 'aye' to table an amendment regarding HB4 the supplemental appropriations bill on March 31, 2011
Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, votes 'aye' to table an amendment regarding HB4 the supplemental appropriations bill on March 31, 2011

Politics, Not Just Numbers, in Budget Amendments

The House will launch Friday morning into a $164.5 billion budget proposal for 2012-13, which is about $23 billion, or 12.3 percent, smaller than the current budget. But numbers aren’t all that’s buried in the budget. Lawmakers have filed hundreds of amendments that are political in nature, from repealing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants to trying to push Planned Parenthood out of the family planning business. 

Graphic: The Texas Budget Cycle

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Confused about the state's budget? Trust us — you’re not alone. This session, lawmakers will set a budget that will be implemented in fiscal years 2012 and 2013 (Sept. 1, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2012). And later this week, House members will vote on their version of a general appropriations bill. Use our flow chart to help understand where we are in the process and what steps are next.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

Texas Senate, Facing Tight Budget, Hunts for Revenue

The Texas Senate isn’t allowed to raise money. It’s right there in the state’s Constitution, which says all revenue bills must originate in the House. But there it goes, looking for “non-tax revenues” that could be used to put enough meat on the skimpy proposed budget to get senators to vote for it.

Youth Advocates Worry Cuts Will Put More in Prison

The proposed state budgets would cut $95.6 million from the Texas Youth Commission budget in 2012-2013 and lawmakers are eying reductions in parole services, which could lead to fewer staffers and parole offices. Some youth advocates worry the cuts will mean more youths spending more time behind bars and more of them committing crimes as adults.

Texas Battle Over Rainy Day Fund Heating Up

Texas, like many other states, is proposing billions of dollars in cuts to help close a budget gap. But as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, one thing Texas has that nobody else does is $9 billion in a piggy bank called the Rainy Day Fund — and lawmakers are divided over whether to crack it open.