A New Advocate at CPPP

Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

Hello! I’m excited to join the Health and Wellness team at CPPP as the organization’s first Hogg Foundation Mental Health Policy Fellow. I am a native of Monterrey, Mexico. I moved to Austin in 2010 to attend the University of Texas at Austin, and this past May I graduated with a Master of Public Affairs […]

Remembering Nelda Laney

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CPPP mourns the death of Nelda Laney, wife of former Texas Speaker of the House Pete Laney. The Laneys have been long-time supporters of CPPP and together made major strides to improve our great state. CPPP honored Pete Laney with our Texas Legacy Award in 2007.

It’s #WonkOlympics time!

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Thanks to everyone who watched #WonkOlympics this year! Now it’s time for us to gear up for our own Olympics: next year’s Legislative session. Will the copiers be ready? Will the Excel formulas work in time? How many pies are needed to explain property taxes this upcoming legislative session?   Our wonks worked hard training to […]

From Texas to Brexit and Back

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  I’ve spent my summer working at the CPPP office helping communicate our vision. In between interim planning and Kids Count events, I had the chance to take two weeks off and fly to England for a two-week global media policy summit at the University of Oxford. My experience moving from the state and local […]

CPPP Welcomes New Directors of Development and Finance

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The Center for Public Policy Priorities is pleased to announce that two experienced leaders have joined our staff to help make Texas the best state for hard-working people and their families. Nick Canedo is the new Director of Development. A native of San Antonio, Nick spent the last 11 years in New York City. Much […]

Back to Our Roots – the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne

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Last Tuesday, the CPPP staff carpooled down wildflower-studded back roads to spend the day with our founders, the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, Texas. It was a journey back to our roots and core values. The Benedictine Sisters in Boerne, founded CPPP in 1985 to advance public policy solutions for expanding access to health care. We […]

CPPP Helps with Nationwide Homeless Count

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Mild winters are one of the many benefits of living in Austin, Texas. However, in the early morning hours of January 23, 2016 the temperature hovered near freezing. A group of eight current and previous staff members from CPPP woke up before the sun, bundled up and ventured out to participate in the 2016 Point […]

It’s Amplify Time at CPPP!

The Center for Public Policy Priorities will take part in the third annual Amplify Austin — a 24-hour philanthropy day with a goal to raise $7 million dollars for central Texas nonprofits. Between 6 pm on March 5 and 6 pm on March 6, every donation of $25 or more you make via AmplifyAtx.org will be multiplied from […]

Best holiday wishes from CPPP

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The blog will be quiet for the next couple of weeks while we enjoy some holiday cheer and rest up to get for the 2015 legislative session. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a few updates over the holidays, and we’ll see you back here in 2015!  

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, […]