Email, Scott Spiegel, director of communication, Mike Collier campaign, March 21, 2018

From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin)

Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:31 AM

Subject: Fresh urgent query, PolitiFact Texas

 

Hello again. I write afresh seeking Mike Collier’s backup for his claim in this tweet that no pending recapture dollars will go to public education. I tried to call a moment ago without getting through.

 

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W. Gardner Selby

Reporter / News

Austin American-Statesman

PolitiFact Texas

3:36 p.m.

Hi Gardner,

 

This is Mike’s reply that he sent me:

 

What I say specifically is that the increase in recapture, $500 million, does not go to any school.

 

If you go to page III-1 of the budget, you will see that the state funding of public education declines by $1.6 million, This is the general revenue line ($19.1B in 2018 and $17.5B in 2019).  At the same time, recapture payments increase from $2.0B in 2018 to $2.5B (this is appropriated receipts in other income line).  So despite higher recapture payments, overall funding is down.

 

The only way anyone could argue that $500 million increase in recapture payments was staying in schools would be to show an overall increase in school funding by $500 million.