Publications | August 21, 2023
Indigent defense expenditures are one of the major uncontrollable cost drivers in county budgets. The state should fully fund this unfunded mandate.
- 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.
- Support More State Funding for Indigent Defense (Infographic)