More Money for Education? The Facts
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs appeared in Bryan-College Station the other day and assured a group that lawmakers did not cut education spending last year. KUT’s Nathan Bernier spoke with Gardner Selby of the Austin American- Statesman’s PolitiFact Texas about the comptroller’s smoking statement.
Her office told us she was referring to lawmakers putting in about $150 million more in state general revenue than was in the previous two-year state budget. However, it’s worth noting that that increase is dampened in significance by the fact that that previous budget, the one adopted in ’09, depended on $3 billion-plus in federal stimulus money to shore up the education budget. That stimulus money wasn’t around this time.