AUSTIN, TX-– Speaker of the House Joe Straus, has announced Representative Oscar Longoria  (D-La Joya) as one of his four appointees to the powerful Legislative Budget Board, which is tasked in providing the state legislature with the recommended budget for the upcoming legislative session. 

The Board, which is composed equally of five members of the House and the Senate, co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Straus, is responsible for the development of recommended legislative appropriations for all agencies of state government.  The board’s influence on state government spending is important, especially with an expected budget shortfall due to a variety of hindrances such as sales tax and motor vehicle sales tax transfers to the state highway fund, supplemental costs for the current biennium (i.e. Medicaid & Hurricane Harvey), costs of the Texas Prepaid Tuition program, and foregoing sales tax collections for internet services because of a new federal law.

Representative Longoria currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Chair of the Appropriations General Government Sub-Committee, which include Articles I, IV & V of the budget. Speaker Straus also appointed Longoria as a conferee in approving the final Senate and House budget versions during the 85th Legislative Session. “Representative Longoria has provided strong leadership as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee,” Speaker Straus said. “Last year he played a key role in advancing priorities such as education, child protection and mental health care.  As a member of the LBB, he will help the House prepare for a challenging session in 2019, he added.”   “It is an honor to have been selected by Speaker Straus to serve on this board,” said Representative Longoria. “The number one priority in convening each legislative session is to create a balanced budget for the state.  I am confident my colleagues and I will work together, as we did during last year’s tumultuous budget year, to address and invest in Texas’ most critical needs and programs, especially: healthcare, education, transportation, economic development, border security, and our institutions of Higher Education.”

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