Suicide in Texas Jails: Time for Reform

Katharine Ligon

The recent death of Sandra Bland in a Texas county jail is tragic. At CPPP our prayers and thoughts are with Ms. Bland’s family and friends. As the authorities investigate the details surrounding Ms. Bland’s death, it’s important to point out that over the last decade or so, sheriffs and other local officials have been […]

Medicare and Medicaid Looking Good at 50

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Like so many Americans, I am now in that phase of life with aging parents. My dad has advanced Alzheimer’s. Though he’s still living at home and mom does a great job taking care of him, he needs full-time professional care during the day and frequent medical attention. Alzheimer’s is a heartbreaking disease and we’re […]

Supreme Court Protects Affordable Health Insurance

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Today the Supreme Court handed down its decision in King v. Burwell, protecting the rights of consumers in all states – including those like Texas that did not set up their own health insurance marketplaces – to receive tax credits that make health insurance affordable. This ruling means that the 832,000 Texans whose subsidies pay […]

A Look Back at the 84th Legislative Session

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Several “scorecards” are floating around, grading the effectiveness of the 84th Texas Legislature. Here at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we wanted to share our progress toward the objectives we set before the legislative session began. As you will see in our new summary, this Legislature leaves behind a disappointing record for expanding economic […]

Misguided Priorities

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With four days left in the Texas legislative session, I recall my fervent hope back in January – that lawmakers would put aside their differences and focus on what all Texans believe in. We all want Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families. We all want a future for our […]

10 Days Left

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With 10 days left in the 84th Legislative session, there are still a handful of major decisions pending. Here is a preview of upcoming action we’re watching and some of our work from the past week. What we’re watching: The full Senate should consider HB 1624, a good bill that would help people shopping for […]

Big Day in Senate Health and Human Services Committee

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Today the Senate Health and Human Services committee is expected to hear two important bills we’ve been following: HB 1541 HB 2835 HB 1541 would establish a Medicaid state service plan for peer support services, designating certified peer specialists and certified recovery specialists as a billable provider. Mental health peer support services are proven to […]

Down to the Wire

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Hundreds of bills have run out of time in the Texas Legislature, but a flurry of amendments and maneuvers mean several policy solutions – and some policy nightmares – still have a chance of passing. Here is a preview of upcoming action we’re watching and some of our work from the past week. What we’re […]

Let Texans Decide on Increasing Minimum Wage

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HJR 26 by Representative Trey Martinez-Fischer is a strong bill that would allow voters to decide whether to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The proposal is scheduled for consideration on today’s House legislative calendar. CPPP’s recent analysis found that one in four Texans would get a raise if the minimum wage was […]

Pre-K Gets Low Score, HB 4 Won’t Change That

Chandra Villanueva

The annually released rankings of state-supported Pre-K programs by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) once again show that Texas ranks last in quality standards measures compared to all other states with a public supported Pre-K program.[i] Of the ten quality standards benchmarks identified by NIEER, Texas only meets two—comprehensive early learning standards […]