The House unveiled much of its spending plan this week with $11 billion of the $20 billion plan to be spent on education. Teachers would get a 5 percent raise as we continue to try to increase their pay to the national average for their profession. We also took a very important step by expanding health care coverage to "high-risk" people. Many experts agree that creating such a pool is a critical part of reaching the uninsured. We also held the first public hearing on an initiative to reduce dropout rates, a top priority of Speaker Hackney's. In the week ahead, we will continue to discuss and debate the proposed budget before sending it along to the Senate.
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