Statement on State Budget HB 1

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May 25, 2023


Texas AFT President Zeph Capo commented Thursday on House Bill 1, the state budget, which, after negotiations in conference committee, contains no increase to the basic allotment for students and no raises for public school employees:

“Is this a joke?

Congratulations to Commissioner Mike Morath, the only person associated with Texas public education to receive a pay raise in this budget.”


The Texas American Federation of Teachers represents 66,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO.