AUSTIN (OFFICE OF GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT) – Governor Greg Abbott delivered his 2015 State of the State address to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate. In his remarks, Governor Abbott laid out his legislative priorities and detailed a roadmap to achieve his agenda. The Governor also announced five emergency items: early education, higher education research initiatives, transportation funding, border security funding and ethics reform.
Coinciding with the State of the State address was the release of the Governor’s Budget for the 2016-17 biennium.
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The Governor’s budget includes funding to expand evidence based prevention programs, and makes available additional funding for “Family Based Safety Services” and for Parental Safety placements. All of these programs allow the Department of Family and Protective Services to provide much needed supports to struggling parents or other relatives – helping ensure children stay with their families as opposed to being removed and placed into foster care.