First Look: The 2018-2019 Texas Budget

Eva DeLuna Castro

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on a $217 billion 2018-2019 budget, officially named Senate Bill 1. Though the dollar amount is about the same as the 2016-2017 level of support for public and higher education, health care, public safety, and other services, the budget is actually a decrease of about 8 […]

Trump Budget Would Harm Texans, Push Massive Costs onto Texas

Ann Beeson

President Trump’s budget would slash nutrition, health care, and other important assistance that helps millions of Texans meet basic living standards – food on the table, a roof over their heads, and access to health care – while giving new tax breaks to the wealthy and powerful. The budget stands in stark contrast to the […]

Saturday Night Budget Deal, Explained

Eva DeLuna Castro

You may have been watching the Saturday Night Live season finale, but I was watching the real show – the Texas Senate and House budget conferees rolling out a state budget compromise. The conferees adopted the major decisions that will shape the 2018-2019 state budget. As Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson stated, “Both chambers recognize […]

Misguided Senate Bill 2 Could Tie Hands of Cities and Counties

Dick Lavine

This post was updated on 5/17/17. Texas local governments – cities, counties, community colleges and hospital districts – provide vital services to their constituents. Locally elected officials decide how to provide these services and how to pay for them, an arrangement that reflects the values and desires of local voters. The Texas Legislature is now […]

Medicaid Funding in the Texas State Budget

Anne Dunkelberg

Putting House and Senate Budget Cuts in Perspective Eva DeLuna Castro’s Comparison of the Texas Senate and House Budgets includes some of the high-level concerns about the major gaps in both chambers’ Medicaid-Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) proposals. This post and a new linked detailed table provides more details on Medicaid-CHIP, with special focus on […]

Let’s Go Back to the Future

Dick Lavine

Why talk about the 2020-21 Texas state budget when lawmakers are still deciding the 2018-19 budget? It’s because the decisions our state leaders make now will have dramatic effects on the ability of the next Legislature to support health care, public education and other key services when they return to write a budget in January […]

TX House & Senate Budgets Side by Side

Eva DeLuna Castro

CPPP recommends that the conference committee members adopt the best elements of each budget proposal to most effectively support health care, education and other essential programs and services that benefit all Texans.

The Texas Legislature: A Lesson in How Not to Learn a Lesson

Dick Lavine

You would think that, having just written proposed state budgets that would underfund or cut health care, financial aid, and more, the Texas Legislature would want to avoid similar tight budget sessions in the future. But, here we are in 2017 preparing to repeat the mistakes of the past. Lawmakers are actively considering two bills […]

A Recap of the Texas House Budget

Eva DeLuna Castro

Before we break out the champagne, however, let’s remember that both the House and Senate budgets still drastically underfund our growing state. The 2018-2019 budgets for each chamber are at least six percent lower than the 2016-2017 budget, after taking into account population growth and cost inflation.

10 Things to Know about the Texas House Budget Proposal

Eva DeLuna Castro

View online at cppp.org On April 6 the Texas House will debate and consider amendments to its 2018-2019 state budget proposal. It’s one of the most important days of the legislative cycle, as decisions can determine the fate of public education, health care and other key programs Texans rely on. Ahead of Thursday’s debate, here […]