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NPT Capitol: state budget passes the House 142-2

The state budget just passed the House as amended by the Senate.

According to the Speaker’s office, it includes a $1.9bn increase in public education funding, $1.2bn increase in Higher Education funding, $264m to boost HE financial aid and an increase in $208m for community service operations benefiting “our most vulnerable disabled populations.”

It also includes $2bn in new bonds for more highways and around $12bn in federal stimulus funds.

A few El Paso specific items after the jump

–Ben Wright

Franklin Mountain State Park Visitors Center:

Money for a feasibility study regarding the construction of a visitor’s center at Franklin Mountains State Park.
“The study should be completed and submitted to the Eighty-second Legislature no later than January 25, 2011,” says the budget.

El Paso Center for Border Health Research:

“Funding for …(TTHSC) in collaboration with…(UTEP)… and the El Paso Center for Border Health Research, a component of the Paso del Norte Regional Health Institute located in the City of El Paso…for research, in areas not limited to, but focusing on and including, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, Hispanic health issues such as diabetes and hypertension, border environmental health issues such as those associated with water and air quality, and children’s health.”

Air Quality Planning:

“$7,075,000 for the biennium for air quality planning activities to reduce ozone in areas as approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). These areas may include Waco, El Paso, Beaumont, Austin, Corpus Christi, Longview-Tyler-Marshall, San Antonio, and Victoria. These activities may include identifying, inventorying, and monitoring of pollution levels; modeling pollution levels; and the identification, quantification, and implementation of appropriate pollution reduction controls.”

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 29, 2009 at 3:48 pm

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