Fuel for the Legislative Session

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Halfway through the Texas Legislative Session, the pace is faster and the stakes are higher. Want to know what helps me ride the proverbial waves at the Capitol? Stepping just outside the pink dome. The stately old live oaks and spring-blooming trees put everything in perspective, and offer shade while I chat with concerned Texans, […]

Invest in Public Education, Not Vouchers

Chandra Villanueva

Today the Senate Education Committee will hear several school voucher bills. Every voucher program is different and they go by many different names, but the basic idea is the same: the programs divert state funding from public education to cover all or part of a student’s tuition at a private or religious school. Promoted under […]

Arkansas’ Private Option Could be Model for Texas

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Despite exaggerated reports of its untimely death, Arkansas’ “Private Option” coverage expansion is alive, well, and in the black. In recent months several Republican-led states have taken steps to close their health insurance gaps and accept federal funds, Arkansas among them. Texans have closely watched our neighbor implement a unique coverage expansion plan, and there’s […]

Budget Heads to the House Floor

Eva DeLuna Castro

House budget writers left over $8 billion on the table in available general revenue, and have $2 billion in wiggle room under the spending growth cap. These funds could go a long way to increasing investments in Pre-K, community mental health services, community colleges, and other services that benefit hardworking Texans and businesses. Now these needs are competing with the tax cuts promised by leaders in both chambers.

Coverage Expansion Would Help Your County

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Do you know how many local jobs would be created in your county if Texas closed the health care Coverage Gap? It’s easy to find out with our new fact sheets for every county in Texas. With the support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, we’ve created customized fact sheets that outline the economic […]

Superheroes & Superstars: State of Texas Children 2015

Frances Deviney

Have you been wondering how well Texas kids are doing? There’s some good news, and some bad news. More kids today have health insurance than did a year ago, and more parents are employed. But Texas could be doing better. On March 4th we released our 2015 State of Texas Children report, with the support […]

CPPP Presents on College Savings Work at U.S. Department of the Treasury

Laura Rosen

During last month’s meeting of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) meeting in Washington, D.C., I had the privilege of sharing our joint work with RAISE Texas to expand college savings in Texas. A commission Chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury, and made up the heads of 21 federal agencies, FLEC is tasked […]

Work-Study Jobs that Lead to Texas Careers

Chandra Villanueva

As one of only 14 states with a state-supported work-study program for college students, Texas has been a leader in recognizing the value of connecting students with jobs. This is especially important as college becomes less affordable leaving many students to rely on loans, part-time jobs, and sometimes even full-time jobs to cover tuition and […]

Population Growth + Inflation Doesn’t Add Up for Texas

Eva DeLuna Castro

Imagine you move into a new house only to discover that the ceilings are only 5 feet high, forcing you to walk around hunched over. You would be outraged, uncomfortable, and unable to use your home to its full potential. There is a real danger that future legislators may find a similarly restrictive ceiling on […]

A Smart Approach to Closing a Costly Loophole

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Senator Rodney Ellis proposed new legislation Tuesday to close a state loophole that allows commercial property owners to skirt their responsibility and significantly reduce their property tax bills below the property’s value by routinely appealing the appraised value of their property. Senator Ellis’ SB 1084 would require commercial property owners protesting appraised value to compare […]