88th legislative session starts next week: What to know

This is a preview of our Texas 2036 newsletter about the upcoming 88th Texas Legislative Session. To receive this weekly highlight of our work, sign up here.

The Population’s Bigger in Texas 📈

A History of Growth: For nearly two centuries, Texas has been a place of discovery, exploration and possibility.

  • By 2036, our state is expected to be home to nearly 10 million more Texans.

More to Come: That growth represents significant opportunity, but past prosperity does not equal future success.

  • We need to think strategically to prepare for the challenges that come with current and future expansion.

All Eyes on UsTexas gained more new residents than any other state in the country from July 2021 to July 2022, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released last month.

  • The state saw an increase of more than 470,000 people during that time, bringing Texas’ population to over 30 million.

👉 Dive deeper into the report.

New Year, New Legislative Session 🏛️

Preparing for Our Future: Texas’ 88th Legislative Session convenes on Jan. 10. With plenty of high-stakes interests at the forefront, we are focused on the issues that matter most to Texans.

  • Texas 2036 is working to enable Texans to make policy decisions through accessible data, long-term planning and statewide engagement.

Areas of Focus: This session, our four priority areas are education and workforce, health care, infrastructure, and government performance.

  • This includes our natural resources and justice and safety policy pillars.

👉 Learn more about our 2023 legislative agenda and top policy priorities.

An Unprecedented Budget Cycle 💰

What to Watch: Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will provide the state’s biennial revenue estimate on Monday, Jan. 9.

  • He recently said, “… people will be shocked when I announce that the cash carry over balance in the treasury is greater than the $27 billion originally forecasted.”

Long-Term Impacts Without Long-Term Liabilities: Texas 2036 is focused on investments with a high-ROI that can improve agency performance, modernize state technology and help the state tackle generational challenges.

  • This includes major one-time investments without recurring costs.

👉 Find out what our budget priorities are for 2023.

We want to hear from you!

What should the state focus on to ensure Texas is the best place to live and work for the next generation of Texans?

Let us know!