Prior to the start of each legislative session, the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the Governor’s Office of Budget, Policy and Planning jointly issue instructions to each Texas state agency regarding how to develop their Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR). An LAR is the agency’s budget request for money to operate their programs over the next two-year biennium — Fiscal Years (FY) 2018–2019. An LAR usually includes exceptional item requests for priorities that the agency considers of great importance in addition to the base budget. At the beginning of the legislative session, the House and Senate propose budgets for Texas state agencies that may include exceptional item requests as part of the base budget.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) released its FY 2018–2019 LAR to the public on Friday, September 16, 2016. Go to the links below to learn about HHSC’s LAR:
- HHSC’s Budget Request: 10 Things in Detail
At a Senate Finance Committee (SFC) hearing on January 30, HHSC submitted an LAR with just 22 exceptional items. Funding for interest list reduction, community attendant wages, and Intensive Behavioral Intervention for children with autism were among the original exceptional items that were not included in HHSC’s LAR submitted on January 30. Read more in the HHSC Submits Exceptional Items to Senate Finance Committee blog post.
On February 20, HHSC submitted its exceptional items request to the House Appropriations Committee’s (HAC) Subcommittee on Article II. There were differences between the exceptional items submitted to the HAC Subcommittee on Article II and the exceptional items submitted to SFC in January. Read more in the HHSC Submits Exceptional Items to House Appropriations Committee blog post.