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Issue Position: Budget

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The 81st legislative session presented legislators with the challenges of bridging the funding gap in the state's budget and determining how best to utilize additional federal funds with the needs of Texans in mind. He fought hard for pay raises for teachers and state employees, $264 million in additional funding for higher education financial aid, as well as increased funding to address the nursing shortage across Texas. The budget includes an $800 raise for all teachers, counselors and speech pathologists.

Rep. Lucio also worked diligently to secure $6.5 million in funding for the Regional Academic Health Science Center expansion plan and $6 million in funding for the Texas Diabetes Council/Stark Diabetes Center which provides healthcare and nutritional education to residents in the Rio Grande Valley.

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