Texas Historical Commission Expected To Get Funds

AUSTIN (AP) – Some legislators have rejected calls to eliminate state funding for the Texas Historical Commission.

Gov. Rick Perry has proposed no longer funding the commission as lawmakers face a projected $15 billion shortfall in the next two-year budget.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts of Waxahachie said Tuesday that the commission will be included in the chamber’s version of a budget proposal. Pitts didn’t provide an amount.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the Texas Historical Commission’s budget for the current fiscal year tops $100 million. About 20 percent comes from the general revenue fund. The commission employs about 220 people and operates 20 state historical sites.

Senate leaders have discussed a plan to use money from the state’s Preservation Trust Fund to maintain a downsized Texas Historical Commission.

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One Comment

  1. Keeping it real says:

    OK, correct me if I am wrong. 100,000,000 budget divided by 220, the number of people employeed by the Hysterical Commission equals $ 454,545 dollars per employee. I realize some of the money is for upkeep etc. but where do we draw the line? We can not educate our children but we can pay out the nose for the existance of an over burdening comission that wants more and more. What kind of retirement do these folks get?

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