Texas’ dependency on federal funds, which includes grants, payments, and reimbursements from the federal government to state agencies, has remained around one-third of the budget during the past decade. This reliance threatens the state’s financial stability and independence. 

As a percentage of the 2016-17 budget, federal funds constitute approximately 33%, or $68 billion, of total appropriations. This is $726.2 million, or 1.1%, below federal aid for the 2014-15 budget.