HJR 13

84(R) - 2015
House Transportation
House Transportation
Transportation & Infrastructure

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Joe Pickett


Giovanni Capriglione
Drew Darby
Yvonne Davis
Patricia Harless
Tracy King
Linda Koop
Matt Krause
Marisa Marquez
Armando Martinez
Doug Miller
Rick Miller
Joe Moody
John Otto
Tan Parker
Tony Tinderholt
James White

Bill Caption

Proposing a constitutional amendment dedicating certain revenue derived from the tax imposed on the sale and use of taxable items to the state highway fund.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HJR13, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: a negative impact of ($632,518,681) through the biennium ending August 31, 2017. The net impact to General Revenue Related Funds would increase to a negative impact of ($7,269,700,000) in the bienniumending August 31, 2019. 

Bill Analysis

The resolution would propose an amendment to Article VIII of the Texas Constitution to provide for the dedication of a portion of revenues derived from state sales and use taxes to the State Highway Fund (SHF).

Vote Recommendation Notes

This resolution does not add any additional taxes, and it specifically dedicates revenue to the state highway fund, rather than being designated as general revenue. This legislation would help to bridge a potentially significant financing gap in funding for Texas highways. While it makes sense to dedicate state transportation-related tax revenue to transportation infrastructure funding, this bill would also grow government by removing transportation funding from General Revenue and putting it into a dedicated fund, effectively raising the spending cap. One way to address this would be to amend the legislation to require that the money that gets diverted from general revenue to the state highway fund count against the current spending cap.

We support using transportation revenues to fund transportation infrastructure, however, our support of that aspect of the bill is mitigated by our concern about growing government by raising the spending cap. Therefore we are neutral on this legislation.