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Capitol Update: Monumental School Finance and Property Tax Reform

April 6, 2019

This was a monumental week in the Texas House of Representatives.  This week, the House overwhelmingly passed HB 3 that invests $9 billion in Texas classrooms to boost student achievement, support teacher quality, reduce recapture and provide property tax relief. 

Texas House Passes Transformational School Finance Legislation

April 4, 2019

House Bill 3, co-authored by Rep. Chris Paddie, invests $9 billion in Texas classrooms to improve public education and provide property tax relief AUSTIN, Texas — Today the Texas House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 3—legislation co-authored by Representative Chris Paddie—that invests $9 billion in Texas classrooms to boost student achievement, support teacher quality, […]

Capitol Update: Help for Rural Veterans, Teachers, and Schools

March 29, 2019

Just after midnight, late Wednesday evening, or more accurately, early Thursday morning, the House unanimously passed HB 1, the state budget.  I am proud to support the House’s version of the budget which makes a historic investment in our public schools, adding a whopping $9 billion for our teachers and kids. This budget continues the […]

Capitol Update: Government Transparency and Teaching Students the Constitution

March 22, 2019

This week the House began debating legislation as a body and we passed several measures over to the Senate for consideration. I also continued to present bills to House committees and worked to get the bills that were presented in weeks past voted out of committee. 

Capitol Update: Helping Retired Teachers

March 15, 2019

This week, the House announced HB 9, which will provide a long term solution for the Teacher Retirement System. It will increase the state’s contribution from the current 6.8% to 8.8%, which will allow the fund to reach actuarial soundness within by 2021. It also authorizes a 13th check beginning in 2021.

Capitol Update: School Finance Reform Unveiled

March 8, 2019

HB 3 will put nine billion additional dollars of state funding into our public school system.  This is a huge commitment by the state which is long overdue.  It increases per student funding by almost $900 per year. By providing this additional money, we are able to reduce recapture payments by school districts by 38% this biennium.  Those are substantial dollars that will stay in our local schools and not go back to the state.  We will also see an across the board property tax rate reduction of four cents.

REP. CHRIS PADDIE CO-AUTHORS MONUMENTAL SCHOOL FINANCE LEGISLATION

March 5, 2019

“I applaud Chris Paddie for authoring House Bill 3 and for taking us one step closer to passing transformational school finance legislation this session,” said Speaker Bonnen.

Capitol Update: East Texans in Austin and Pending Legislation

March 1, 2019

I am pleased to let you know that HB 1000, the Rural Jobs Act, will be heard in the International Relations and Economic Development Committee this coming Monday. 

Capitol Update: Panola County Day and Legislative Deadlines

February 24, 2019

As we near the end of February, you can definitely tell that the pace of things is picking up.  While the committees are just beginning to hear bills and dive into the many subject areas before them, legislators are working feverishly to get the finishing touches put on the bills they will file. 

Capitol Update: What does the Sunset Commission do?

February 16, 2019

I want to use this week’s Capitol Update to tell you a little bit more about the Sunset process. The Sunset Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the Legislature to improve the performance, transparency, and efficiency of state agencies.