Does Education Really Account For Over Half Of The State Budget?

Our weekly check-in with the PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter.

By Alain StephensJuly 12, 2017 12:58 pm,

In a recent opinion piece in the Austin American-Statesman written by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, he said that public-education spending, including dollars allocated for higher education, accounts for more than half of the state budget.

“When colleges and universities are added, education spending is the biggest item in the state budget — about 52 percent of all state dollars,” Lt. Gov. Patrick wrote. “It is disingenuous to suggest that we are, somehow, holding back funding that we could spend on schools.”

Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

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Written by Lila Weatherly.