Texas Senate Panel: Feds Paid Most of Harvey $2.7B Recovery Cost so Far

Hurricane Harvey recovery will end up costing the state as much as $2 billion, according to a report released Nov. 30 by the Texas Senate’s budget-writing panel, although it said costs may fluctuate based on how much help it receives from the federal government.

The interim legislative report by the Senate Finance Committee says the largest share of that price tag will be related to public education as the state looks to help Harvey-affected school districts make up for lost revenue stemming from shattered property values and sharp declines in student enrollment.

The state may consider funneling $865 million to impacted public schools during the upcoming legislative session, the report says, although it makes clear that the Legislature is not legally obligated to do so.

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