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State Revenue Outlook

The Texas Comptroller released the biennial revenue estimate which sets the amount that can be spent in the new biennial budget, and the shortfall isn’t as large as was previously estimated at the onset of COVID-19 economic downturn . Lawmakers will have $112.53 billion in General revenue to spend in the 2022-2023 budget, a slight decrease from the $112.96 billion that was available for the current budget.  However, the comptroller also acknowledged that the economic future is somewhat uncertain and that numbers could change in the coming months.

While the smaller deficit is good news, writing the state budget will still be extremely challenging.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

SB1, the appropriations bill, funds the Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) at about $3million less than the agency requested in it’s Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) in October. However, this reduction will not impact staffing or any programmatic areas at the state library.

In addition to the operating budget request, the agency included three exceptional item requests:

  • $1.4 million for architectural and engineering designs and plans to expand the State Records Center, which will reach capacity in five years.
  • $3.75 million for the Texans Need Strong Libraries initiative to enhance quality library services across the state. This item includes:
    • $1.5 million to support work initiatives (digital literacy, entrepreneurship, small-business development, STEM learning, and workforce training programs)
    • $1 million to support digital inclusion (grants for equipment, devices and outreach technologies and solutions to support community internet access)
    • $1 million to continue access to affordable e-resources for work and study (TexQuest and TexShare)
    • $250,000 to increase digital access to primary resources (hire two archivists to help process the backlog of valuable Texas archives)
  • $25.2 million to complete construction on the expansion of the State Records Center to achieve a 25-year solution for adequate storage of archives and administrative records.

The TLA Legislative Committee voted to support TSLAC’s budget request, including all exceptional items, with priority given to the Texas Needs Strong Libraries initiative.

Fact Sheet

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

SB 1, the appropriations bill, includes $212,048 for OER grants and $250,000 for maintenance of OERTX, the OER repository for the biennium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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