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Relating to a competitive grant program to fund promotion of early literacy programs in certain communities in this state.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2879 would require the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to create and implement a grant program to promote early literacy programs. The health science center would be required to seek federal funds to help fund this program. The Health Science Center would be allowed to use appropriated money if available. If no appropriation is made, the Health Science Center would not be required to create the grant program but may choose to do so using other funds should they be available.
Texas Action recommends opposing HB 2879 because it violates our principle of limited government. It is not the proper role of the state to use taxpayer dollars to fund programs that are better left to charitable, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations.