State releases guidance on 2022-23 budget requests
On Aug. 18, the Legislative Budget Board and Governor’s budget office released budget instructions to state agencies, including TEA. The instructions come after Comptroller Glenn Hegar in July projected a $4.6 billion shortfall for the current budget cycle.
Despite the revenue uncertainty that may unfold in the coming months, or perhaps because of it, agencies are not being required to ask for less money for 2022-23 than is currently budgeted for 2020-21. Any requests for more money, including a restoration of the 5% cut ordered earlier this year, must be submitted as exceptional items.
With every budget cycle, TCTA urges Education Commissioner Mike Morath to include increased funding for school employee health insurance in TEA's exceptional items (though the statewide plan, TRS-ActiveCare, is administered through TRS, the funding for health insurance runs through the school finance formulas in the TEA budget). This year, we are also urging that the money TEA received from the federal CARES Act remain part of public education funding. Click here to read more.