CPPP Statement on Abbott Call for Special Session

Ann Beeson

“Bad ideas are still bad ideas in a special session.” Today Governor Greg Abbott called a special session of the Texas Legislature to address 20 items including a misguided second attempt to limit local governments’ ability to raise revenue (SB 2). In response, CPPP Executive Director Ann Beeson issued the following statement: “There were many […]

2017 Legislature out of Sync with Texas Values and Needs

Ann Beeson

With a few notable exceptions, the 85th Texas Legislative session was one of the ugliest and least productive in recent memory.

Looking at Medicaid in the 2018-2019 Texas Budget

Anne Dunkelberg

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on a $217 billion 2018-2019 budget, officially named Senate Bill 1. Eva DeLuna Castro has a good overview of the whole budget. Let’s take a closer look at the funding for Medicaid. Total funding for Medicaid in 2018-2019 is $62.4 billion All Funds ($26.3 billion non-federal). […]

First Look: The 2018-2019 Texas Budget

Eva DeLuna Castro

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on a $217 billion 2018-2019 budget, officially named Senate Bill 1. Though the dollar amount is about the same as the 2016-2017 level of support for public and higher education, health care, public safety, and other services, the budget is actually a decrease of about 8 […]

Surprise Medical Billing Bill Signed Into Law

Stacey Pogue

Yesterday Gov. Abbott signed SB 507 into law, improving consumer protections related to surprise medical billing. Surprise out-of-network medical bills, sometimes called “balance bills,” happen when insurers and doctors fighting over prices jointly pass the buck to a patient who received out-of-network care unknowingly. The Texas Legislature has worked to address surprise medical bills consistently […]

Saturday Night Budget Deal, Explained

Eva DeLuna Castro

You may have been watching the Saturday Night Live season finale, but I was watching the real show – the Texas Senate and House budget conferees rolling out a state budget compromise. The conferees adopted the major decisions that will shape the 2018-2019 state budget. As Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson stated, “Both chambers recognize […]

Sandra Bland Act at the Capitol

Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

This session Chairman Garnet Coleman authored the Sandra Bland Act (HB 2702), a comprehensive bill that aimed to change the way civilians and law enforcement officers interact. Chairman John Whitmire of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice filed the companion, SB 1849. Sandra Bland, an African American woman from Illinois, committed suicide while in a […]

Promising School Finance Bills Stuck in Texas Legislative Limbo

Chandra Kring Villanueva

A committee substitute introduced on 5/11 added special ed vouchers to HB 21. Therefore we do not support this committee substitute. Here’s why vouchers are the wrong solution.  Last month we were pleased to see the Texas House of Representatives approve a bill that would take some good steps toward remodeling our neglected school finance system. […]

Misguided Senate Bill 2 Could Tie Hands of Cities and Counties

Dick Lavine

This post was updated on 5/17/17. Texas local governments – cities, counties, community colleges and hospital districts – provide vital services to their constituents. Locally elected officials decide how to provide these services and how to pay for them, an arrangement that reflects the values and desires of local voters. The Texas Legislature is now […]

Compare House and Senate Medicaid Funding sent to Conference Committee

Anne Dunkelberg

Putting House and Senate Budget Cuts in Perspective Eva DeLuna Castro’s Comparison of the Texas Senate and House Budgets includes some of the high-level concerns about the major gaps in both chambers’ Medicaid-Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) proposals. This post and a new linked detailed table provides more details on Medicaid-CHIP, with special focus on […]