This Week in Texas: January 27, 2021

Posted January 27, 2021 in The Mignon Memo

House vs Senate Budgets

Texas leaders in the state House and Senate have each proposed similar spending amounts in their preliminary budgets, signifying notable agreement. Both budgets emphasize commitments to public education funding and COVID-19 economic recovery.

Highlights of Senate budget here.

Highlights of House budget here.

Much work remains to be done and changes to each proposal are near certain before we know what the final details of the biennial budget look like.

State of the State Address

On Monday, February 1 at 7 pm, Governor Greg Abbott will give his televised State of the State address. Governor Abbott will update Texans on the state‚Äôs response to COVID-19 and outline his priorities for the 87th Legislature.

Click here for more information.

Runoff Election in North Texas

David Spiller (R), an attorney from Jacksboro, TX, and Craig Carter (R), a businessman from Nocona, TX, will face each other in a runoff election to represent House District 68. No date for the runoff election has been announced.

This seat was vacated by Drew Springer (R-Vernon) after being elected to the Texas Senate.

Only in Austin…

Rep Joe Moody (D-El Paso) gave a particularly moving prayer to open the Texas House floor session yesterday. Take a listen to his powerful message.

Read the transcript here

Listen and watch here.