Monthly Archives: April 2013

Parker Votes for House Passed Budget

April 9th, 2013

“Crafting this budget entailed a long day on the House floor and a lot of teamwork,” Parker said. “In the end I am proud of the state budget that my colleagues and I have put forward. I believe that this two-year spending plan reflects Texas’ priorities by not raising taxes and investing heavily in education. We have also extended mental health services to another 6,300 Texans, delivered a pay increase to our state law enforcement officers and strengthened our public pensions.”

Chairing the Corrections Committee, 60 Days In

April 4th, 2013

When committee assignments were released at the end of January, I was honored to be selected as Chair of the Corrections Committee. In the two months since, I have taken in a wealth of information on our criminal justice system. Our system, which is one of the largest in the world, currently employees more than 37,000 individuals, has an annual budget of $3.1 billion, houses over 150,000 incarcerated offenders in 111 correctional facilities and supervises more than 87,000 offenders under active parole