Here’s what to look for in today’s Budget Bills

Eva DeLuna Castro

Here’s what we know so far Today, the Senate and House released starting-point budgets for education, health care, and other state-funded services in 2018 and 2019. Each legislative chamber will hold public hearings on the proposals (SB 1 and HB 1) and “mark up” their respective drafts for full Senate and House approval. Then, before […]

Stay alert; it’s #txlege time

Ann Beeson

It’s time to stay alert and get engaged – at every level of government. While the shifting climate in Washington is grabbing the headlines, the Texas Legislature kicks off its every-other-year session this week to enact policies that will impact the lives of every Texan and the future of our great state. The stakes for […]

Gearing Up for the Texas Revenue Estimate

Eva DeLuna Castro

On Monday, January 9, State Comptroller Glenn Hegar will issue the revenue estimate for 2018-19, as well as update legislators on 2016-17 state revenue collections. This key stage in the budget cycle is when state officials find out how much will be available to invest in schools, higher education, health care, and other services through […]

Help Uninsured Texans Go to the Capitol to Fight for Health Coverage

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This post is courtesy of Texas Well and Healthy. We’re excited to help launch a new campaign to give YOU another way to stand up for uninsured Texans! Right now in Texas, there are moms who have cancer but can’t get the treatment they need. Dads who can’t pay for their depression medication. Child care […]

Can Texas values transcend politics?

Ann Beeson

The fall before a Texas Legislative session is always exciting, and this year is extra special. We are still glowing from our sold-out Legacy Luncheon in Austin, honoring Senator Lloyd and B.A. Bentsen as Texas Legacies. Future of Texas Award winner Brianna Brown of the Texas Organizing Project gave us hope for the next generation […]

CPPP Welcomes New Board Members Andrade, Janda and Keffer

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The Center for Public Policy Priorities has added three members to its board of directors: Former Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade, prominent health care advocate and business leader Ken Janda, and outgoing Texas Representative Jim Keffer (R-Eastland). CPPP’s important work is made possible by the leadership of our board of directors, who volunteer their […]

Now look how many states have stopped surprise medical bills

Stacey Pogue

If you go to a hospital that is in your insurance company’s network, you can assume you’ll only get in-network medical bills, right? That is now true in four of the five largest U.S. states, but not here in Texas. This week California passed Assembly Bill 72, a strong bill that protects California patients from […]

Health Advocates Deliver Detailed Response to Senators’ Comments on Health Coverage

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This post originally appeared on Texas Well and Healthy.  A Texas Senate Committee travelling the state to discuss property tax reform is hearing loud and clear that accepting Medicaid expansion funding should be part of their strategy, and now they’ve received a response to many of the questions and comments they’ve offered during those hearings. Medicaid expansion […]

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.

HB 4 and High Quality Pre-K

Chandra Kring Villanueva

We believe helping kids start school ready to learn is one of the best ways to ensure all Texans have the chance to compete and succeed in life. While passage of HB 4 last session was a step in the right direction, it did not go far enough in terms of improving Pre-K quality and […]