Eva DeLuna Castro

Big Week for the Budget

When you’re in a hole – especially a self-induced one – stop digging. The Senate should boost investments in the services Texans need and stop pushing for new cuts to revenue.


Eva DeLuna Castro

House Budget Proposals: Using Rainy Day Fund Critical to Health Care & Education

failure to adopt this proposal in its current form could mean that more than half a million Texans lose access to health care


Mia Ibarra

Texas Children in Immigrant Families: Five Things to Know

As the state’s economy and population grow, the future of Texas depends on the health, education and financial security of all our children. But we cannot raise the bar for all kids if we don’t look specifically at how children of color are faring and how our public policies impact the 2.4 million children of […]


Eva DeLuna Castro

First Look — Senate Budget Update Improves Health, Higher Ed. Funding

Today the Senate Finance Committee approved its substitute for the Senate budget proposal (Senate Bill 1), the General Appropriations Act for 2018 and 2019. Total spending proposed for the next budget cycle in SB 1 is $217.7 billion, a 0.7 percent increase compared to the $216 billion in state and federal revenue budgeted for 2016-17. This means a real spending drop of almost eight percent, once population growth and inflation are taken into account. Total General Revenue spending would be $106.3 billion, which would be a 1.6 percent drop from 2016-17 even before any population or inflation adjustment.