With Texas facing a nearly $30 billion dollar budget shortfall, legislators are looking to make cuts in several areas. State Representative Rene Oliveira says House Bill 1 could mean millions of dollars in education cuts and thousands of lost jobs in the Valley, Matt Fernandez has the story.
"This is not right, this is not good for Texas." That's what State Representative Oliveira of District 37 thinks of HB1, which was filed on Wednesday. He states the bill is aimed to make cuts to make up for as much as $28 billion dollar shortfall. He states that it's not the right way to cover the costs and education would be hit the hardest with $10 billion dollars statewide in public education.
On a local, for example, the B.I.S.D. runs on a $507 million dollar budget and could lose as much as $50 million dollars under the HB1. At the college level, 60 to 70 thousand students could lose their financial aid. In addition, the state could have to close down one prison and thousands of patients in nursing homes could be kicked out because of Medicaid cuts.
Oliveira says he is going to fight HB1 and find other ways to deal with the shortfall with ideas of getting some tax loopholes and taking money out of the state's rainy day fund. Legislators will have several hearings on HB1 and a voting could be held up for a while.