The 86th Legislative Session proved to be productive and successful for the Lubbock community and the state of Texas. We passed a responsible budget for 2020 - 2021 that makes key investments into our rapidly growing state, while also maintaining over $9 billion in our Rainy Day Fund. Most importantly, we passed school finance reform legislation that will reduce the reliance to fund our public schools from local property taxes. As a result, school property taxes will be reduced, and Texans will receive over $5 billion in tax relief. Property taxpayers will further benefit from other reforms made during the 86th session that enhance transparency and increase voter engagement.
A top priority this session was securing $17.35 million for the Texas Tech University System to start their veterinary medicine program that is aimed to address the shortage of veterinarians in this region. I am happy to say the full amount was appropriated to Texas Tech and they're moving forward in building and opening their School of Veterinary Medicine.
If our office can be of service, please contact the Lubbock District Office at 806.763.2366 or the Capitol Office at 512.463.0676.
Thank you for all of your support and for those who contacted me during the session to share your feedback on issues important to you. It is an honor serving you in the Texas House of Representatives.