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    Publications | August 21, 2023

    Indigent Defense

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    Indigent defense expenditures are one of the major uncontrollable cost drivers in county budgets. The state should fully fund this unfunded mandate.

    Key Points
    • Texas counties and local property taxpayers face billions of dollars-worth of unfunded mandates from both the state and federal governments.
    • Unfunded mandates drive up property tax bills by increasing the size and cost of county government.
    • Unfunded mandates remove accountability from state government spending.

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