Email, response to PolitiFact Texas, Jason Embry, communications director, House Speaker Joe Straus, Oct. 1, 2012
As you know, the Speaker was making the point that the percentage of the budget that goes toward public education in the current biennium is a higher percentage than in the previous biennium.
In 2010-11, total GR spending was $81.9 billion. GR spending for TEA was $30.3 billion, or 37 percent of all GR spending.
In 2012-13, total GR spending is $81.3 billion. GR spending for TEA is $30.5 billion, or 37.4 percent of all GR spending.
In addition, $1.9 billion was deferred into the early days of the next biennium (2014-15). Schools know that they will receive this money in early September and often plan as if it is part of their 2012-13 budget. In fact, the Legislature could decide early in the next session, given recent revenue growth, to put that payment back into August 2013.
If you count that deferral as part of 2012-13 spending, which we believe many school officials would consider reasonable, then GR spending for TEA is $32.4 billion, or 38.9 percent of all GR spending.