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The Texas Budget, like the state itself, is huge, complex, and in transition. State lawmakers are faced with difficult budget decisions as federal aid reductions and proposed tax reform add new uncertainties to an already complicated funding picture.
This report from the LBJ School of Public Affairs provides the information and tools necessary to understand the state's budget process from the vantage point of the budget makers themselves. The report offers a detailed analysis of key issues and trends that influenced the development of the 1996-97 state budget--specifically in the areas of public education, criminal justice, and health and human services. The analysis is based on budget simulations produced by the Texas Budget Simulator (TBS), an electronic program developed by LBJ School project members to enable legislators and others involved in the budget process to test alternative budget decisions. Using the step-by-step directions published in the report, any interested person can use the simulator (which resides in the Internet) to view the 1996-97 budget and to build a new budget based on various revenue and expenditure projections.
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