Donald Trump has already tweeted his support for Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and the president has made it clear he’ll give the state some extra help if it can come up with a budget that meets his goals.
The tweets came in response to a tweet from the governor on Wednesday evening, in which he called the state budget “not the best,” and asked people to donate money to a Texas-based non-profit called American Opportunity.
Abbott responded by thanking the president for his support, saying the Texas economy is “strong and growing,” and adding that “we have the most amazing economy in the world, and Texas has the highest rate of job creation and the lowest rate of unemployment in the country.”
Abbott’s budget request includes $1.8 billion for job training and job creation programs, $300 million for community colleges, $1 million to establish an economic development office in Texas, $400 million for a statewide digital marketing program, and $600 million to hire 50,000 new public servants and support the expansion of state parks.
It also includes $500 million for the State Capitol to be repainted and $1,500 to be paid for by the state.
Abbott and Trump had a tense encounter at the White House press briefing last week, where the president repeatedly said that the state had no choice but to raise taxes on its citizens.
Trump told reporters that he would cut funding for the Texas Education Agency, which provides funds for state education, and that the governor would have to make “a decision about how to pay for it.”
The Texas Republican Party released a statement Thursday morning calling on Trump to stop criticizing the state and said that “the president’s actions have the potential to jeopardize public education and the lives of the millions of students who rely on Texas to get a fair shot in the workforce and get the education they need.”
Abraham has said that he will make the budget recommendation to the president and that he plans to use $500,000 from his state savings account to offset the $1 in federal funds that would be used to support the budget.