Dang, 2014 Has Been Quite a Year!

If I were to write a news headline for my first full year at CPPP, it would be “Dang, let’s dare Texas to be the best!” As we close out 2014, I’m reflecting on the incredible work we’ve done together this year. We’ve made progress on our vision of a Texas where everyone is healthy, […]

Committee Sets $7 Billion Minimum Rainy Day Fund Balance

The Joint Select Committee to Study the Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund – commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund – met briefly this morning and adopted a $7 billion minimum balance for the fund. During the 2013 Legislature’s third special session, lawmakers passed H.B. 1, which asked voters to approve a constitutional amendment […]

What We Learned at House Appropriations This Week

On Thursday the House Appropriations committee heard from the Legislative Budget Board and the Comptroller of Public Accounts on state budget, economic, and revenue developments affecting the 2014-15 and 2016-17 two-year spending packages. Though membership of the Appropriations committee will change somewhat in January 2015, the group of lawmakers drafts the House of Representatives’ version […]

Saddle up for the Legislative Session

As the divisive elections fade and the holiday season approaches, it’s time to put aside our differences and focus on what all Texans believe in. We all want Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families. We all want a future for our children and grandchildren that gives every Texan the […]

Reminder: Texas Immigration Data Show Benefits to the State Economy

With President Obama expected to announce executive action to address the enforcement of immigration policy, I wanted to highlight our recent report, Immigrants Drive the Texas Economy. There are more than 4.2 million immigrants in Texas today, which is one in six residents. Our report found that Texas immigrants work in a wide range of jobs: […]

Budget Should Meet the Growing Needs of Children In Foster Care

Brakeyshia Samms, State Policy Fellow

Since Texas children account for nearly one of every 11 children in the U.S., our state government must continue to invest in programs and services that ensure children live in safe and loving homes. That’s why last week I visited with the Child Protection Roundtable about the Department of Family and Protective Services’ (DFPS) 2016-17 […]

Understanding the Texas Budget Process: Infographic

Preparing a biennial budget for a state as big and fast-growing as Texas is no easy feat, and understanding the process can be daunting. We designed this simple infographic on the Texas budget cycle to help demystify the process as we head into the 84th Legislative Session. Have you wondered what the Legislative Budget Board […]

Stop the Budget Tricks and Invest in Texas Kids

It’s been about a month since a state district judge ruled that the Texas school finance system is unconstitutional, saying it’s inadequate, inefficient and inequitable. The ruling came as no surprise to the millions of Texas parents concerned about the quality of their children’s education amid devastating budget cuts. The most significant budget cuts came […]

This Economic Boom is Brought to You by Immigrants

The founders of our great state of Texas were immigrant newcomers from Virginia and Tennessee – Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, and Davy Crockett among them – attracted to free land, opportunity and adventure in what was then northern Mexico. According to a new study we published today at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, […]