Here is her statement:
" In 2011, we faced a $27 billion shortfall for the 2012-13 biennium. Unlike the federal government, Texas is required to balance the budget, and in 2010, the voters sent a clear message that lawmakers were not to balance the budget on the backs of Texas taxpayers. "
"There were some hard choices that had to be made in every area of government, including education. It is true that the 2012-13 budget is asking our schools to tighten their belts. Texas population continues to grow rapidly and the number of students in our public schools is also growing. In addition, the amount of federal funding available for public education decreased significantly for the 2012-13 biennium."
"The legislature did the best it could to lessen the impact of the recession and the decreased federal funding for public schools. In House Bill 1, General Revenue appropriations to the Foundation School Program increased by $1.6 billion over the previous biennium. General Revenue is the term for state revenue that the legislature has direct control over, and the Foundation School Program represents the most direct source of state revenue to our public schools."
"While the legislature could not cover the rapid growth in our student population and the decline in federal funding, we did our best to prioritize Texas schoolchildren and increased the amount of state revenue payments to public schools by $1.6 Billion."
- Myra Crownover
Chief of Staff and General Counsel
Office of State Representative Myra Crownover