State Employee Retirement & The Budget

Chandra Villanueva

This week, I shared this testimony with Senate Finance Committee members on the state’s Employee Retirement System: ERS is more than just retirement income for our state employees. As a Defined-Benefit pension plan, ERS retirement benefits are: an effective tool for the recruitment and retention of a quality workforce; they strengthen the middle class by […]

TX Women Need Preventive Care, And the Lege Needs to Fund It

Having access to wellness and preventive care services like well-woman exams, cancer screenings, and birth control helps all Texas women stay healthy, plan their futures, and provide the best life they can for their families. Just ask Anavi Cantu. She’s a 29-year-old mom of three, who’s also a full-time student, from Robstown in South Texas. […]

Covering More Low-Income Adults Will Save TX Money & Bring In New Revenue

My testimony to the House Appropriations HHS subcommittee Monday highlighted large cost savings and new revenues Texas can expect if we accept the ACA opportunity to cover very low-income adults in Medicaid. You can download the full document here. 

Budget & Health Care Presentations Available To Download

Working for a Better Texas

Today, our budget & health care teams hit the Capitol to brief legislators, their staff, and advocates on what makes a better Texas budget and better Texas health care for all families in our state. Thank you to all 165 of you who could attend! If you couldn’t be there in person, we have all […]

OPED–We Need A Lot of Things More Than A Tax Cut

“During his State of the State address last week, Gov. Rick Perry wisely noted that the decisions the Legislature makes today “will determine what Texas will look like for the next 50 years.” After touting Texas as a low-tax state, the governor nonetheless recommended that we cut taxes by $1.8 billion. What would Texas look […]

Mental Health & The Budget

Katharine Ligon

This week, I submitted and delivered the following testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in regards to mental health funding in Texas: My name is Katharine Ligon.  I am the Mental Health Policy Analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities.  I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you today, specifically to address the budget […]

Medicaid, Family Planning, and SB1

Today, our associate director and senior health policy analyst Anne Dunkelberg testified on the benefits of strengthening Medicaid, as well as funding women’s health & family planning in Texas, at the Senate Finance Committee hearing. You can access her written testimony here.

HHSC Is the Most Underfunded Health Care Agency in SB1

Today, Senate Finance began hearing testimony from Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies, which administer most of the state’s social services programs, such as health care for low-income Texans (4.3 million in 2013) enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP; child and adult protective services; the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps; and community and nursing-home […]

Study–Texas Has the 5th Most Unfair Tax System

Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities

We’re #5! You have heard many times how Texas ranks 38th on state spending on public schools and 50th on state spending overall per resident.  Well, finally Texas ranks 5th in something. Unfortunately, it’s in the ranking of how unfair our state and local tax system is. Texas asks its lowest income families to pay […]

What We Heard & Didn’t Hear in the State of the State Speech

Today, the Governor delivered his 7th State of the State speech. Here are some of our takeaways… What we heard: Texas is a job creator. Actually, Texas has the third highest percentage of low-wage jobs that offer no benefits, benefits that help lift families out of poverty or keep them from falling further into poverty. […]