While the Regular Session of the 87th Legislature has finished, we find ourselves back in Austin this summer for numerous special sessions. When the Legislature convened for the Regular Session, we were presented with several unique and unprecedented challenges in January. There was a tremendous amount of uncertainty related to the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic would have on the Texas economy and the resulting tax revenue available over the next biennium. Just as the session was gaining momentum, Winter Storm Uri came into Texas and wreaked havoc on the electrical grid within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and left millions of Texans without power for days in February.
Even with these unprecedented challenges, the Legislature successfully kept with the core fundamentals that make our state great. We passed a fiscally conservative budget for the 2022 - 2023 biennium that will remain under the expected rate of increase for population and inflation. Importantly, the budget fully funds the public education investments made the last session through the transformative legislation, House Bill 3. A top priority this session was ensuring that Texas Tech University System has the necessary resources to continue opening the School of Veterinary Medicine. I am happy to say that the budget fully funds the veterinary medicine program!
Thank you for all of your support and those who contacted me during the session to share your feedback on important issues to you, our community, and the state. It is an honor serving you in the Texas House of Representatives.