King Files Bills to Cut Costs

March 10, 2011

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Today State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) filed three bills to consolidate four state governmental agencies in an effort to preserve money that can be better used in the classrooms of public schools and for other essential services provided by the state. HB 2664 will abolish the Texas Facilities Commission and provide an estimated savings of $4.2 million; HB 2665 will consolidate the Board of Plumbing Examiners and the Texas Funeral Commission into the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and provide an estimated savings of $1 million; and HB 2879 will suspend the Texas Historical Commission and provide an estimated savings of $4.6 million.

“This legislation is a creative way to reduce the state budget by directing other agencies to take on the key functions of the agencies we’ve targeted,” King explained, “With the projected shortfall Texas is facing in the next biennium it is critical that we think outside of the box on how to save money and redirect it to the areas of our budget that are a real priority such as our classrooms, our teachers, and our elderly.”

The estimated cost savings from these bills comes from the elimination or suspension of the administration of each agency.