Texas Legislature Expected to Provide 30M for Installations

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Texas lawmakers are expected to include $30 million in the state’s next two-year budget to support military installations, reports the El Paso Times.The state’s compromise budget for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium now includes $30 million for defense economic adjustment assistance grants to help communities support local installations, but the plan still needs to be adopted by a House-Senate conference committee, Reps. Marisa Márquez (D) and Joe Pickett (D) told the paper.The move comes as the prospect of a new BRAC round looms. The budget request submitted by DOD in February requested permission to hold a BRAC in 2017, the fourth straight year the Obama administration has asked for approval for additional base closures.Gov. Greg Abbot (R) has proposed providing the Texas Military Preparedness Commission $30 million but has indicated he might support a larger investment. The House has proposed spending $75 million on community grants if the funds are available, while the Senate favors investing $30 million. A task force created during the last legislative session called for investing up to $150 million on grants.The Texas Mayors of Military Communities had urged the state Legislature to include $150 million in the new budget to support military installations. While $30 million is a far cry from its request, “Mayors of Military Communities will appreciate any level of funding,” a representative of the coalition told the paper.last_img read more