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 […]

Back to Our Roots – the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne

Ann Beeson

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 […]

Farewell to a Humble Texas Giant: Ray Farabee

The Center for Public Policy Priorities family mourns the death yesterday of Ray Farabee, a brilliant, dedicated leader and a truly charming man. Born in Wichita Falls, Ray was a state senator, general counsel for the University of Texas system and a prominent civic leader. More than anything, though, Ray was a warm, humble friend […]

Guest post: Honoring Luci Baines Johnson

Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth

Editor’s note: This is a special guest post by Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth On October 16 the Center for Public Policy Priorities will honor Luci Baines Johnson as its 2014 Texas Legacy for her contributions to Texas. Texas State University President Denise Trauth offers this special guest tribute to Luci. Sponsorships and […]

My Healthcare.Gov Enrollment Experience

Working for a Better Texas

By Megan Randall Healthcare.gov is working better, faster, and more reliably.  Recent reports from the federal government indicate that more than 100,000 Americans, including 14,000 Texans, were able to sign up for health insurance plans online in November, which is more than four times how many people signed up in October.  Other reports are showing progress […]

Health Plan Cancellations: The Rest of the Story

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

For the last week or so, there’s been lots of news coverage of people enrolled in the individual insurance market getting discontinuation notices from their health insurance companies.  Up until recently, the news coverage has told only part of the story.  More and more, we are hearing that after the initial frustration of getting a […]

Greetings from Ann Beeson, CPPP’s New Executive Director

Working for a Better Texas

Greetings! I am truly delighted to be the new Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. I am very proud to be a Texan. We have so much to build on – the best culture anywhere, a fierce sense of pride, thriving cities, an innovative spirit. I believe in a future for our […]

Countdown to Coverage: Uninsured and Unbanked

By Laura Rosen and Lauren Stebbins The October 1, 2013 opening day for Affordable Care Act Marketplaces is quickly approaching. While the new Health Insurance Marketplace is being established to reduce the numbers of uninsured, another effort is underway to ensure that unbanked individuals don’t face unnecessary barriers in getting health insurance.   Currently, insurance companies […]

Sizing Up the Texas Budget: Student Financial Aid

CPPP Leslie Helmcamp

Jordan dreamt of being the first in her family to graduate from college. But she never imagined that dream would come at a cost of more than $20,000 in student debt while working two jobs and attending school full time. Each year, more than 40,000 economically disadvantaged high school seniors enroll in Texas colleges. And […]