5 Things to Know As Feds Question Texas’ Uncompensated Care Waiver

In a phone call to the state’s Health and Human Services Commission last week, the federal government told Texas that its decision on continuing the “uncompensated care” portion of the 1115 Medicaid waiver will take into account whether the state accepts new Medicaid funds. CPPP has released a helpful fact sheet on the Texas 1115 Waiver […]

Proposed Bills Expand College Savings Opportunities

Imagine if every child in Texas had a college savings account. Imagine the peace of mind and confidence that accumulated savings in this account would give to students as they make the transition to college. Representative Marsha Farney’s HB 3987, which is being considered by the House Public Education committee today, and Senator Sylvia Garcia’s […]

House Swings and Misses on School Finance

Chandra Villanueva

Earlier this week the House Committee on Public Education heard HB 1759, a proposal by Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock that would make sweeping changes to the school finance system. This bill was introduced as an effort to increase equity in the public school system and to address the concerns raised in the pending school finance lawsuit. […]

Kids Shouldn’t Have to Wait for Health Coverage

Melissa McChesney

Today Texas law requires that a child must be without private health coverage for 90 days prior to enrolling in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as a CHIP waiting period. Once a child is found otherwise eligible for CHIP, they must wait to enroll for three months after the last month they had […]

Undocumented Immigrants Paid $1.5 Billion+ in Texas Taxes

Brakeyshia Samms, State Policy Fellow

A just-released Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy report estimates that undocumented immigrants in Texas collectively paid $1.5 billion in property, sales, and excise taxes in 2012. (For other states that have a personal income tax, ITEP estimates that amount as well.) Today’s ITEP report points out that, “[l]ike other people living and working in […]

Texas Can’t Afford Permanent Tax Cuts

The House Ways & Means Committee heard testimony on HB 31 and HB 32, the bills that together make up the House tax cut plan. CPPP’s wonks provided live analysis on Twitter. .@dlavine on tax cuts – Economic growth requires solid foundation of healthy and educated workforce and sound infrastructure. #txlege — Texas Forward (@TXForward) […]

Photo ID on Lone Star Cards Expensive, Unnecessary

Rachel Cooper

Today the House Human Services Committee will hear several bills that would require Lone Star EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards, used by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) recipients, to have a photo ID of the cardholder. Proponents argue these bills will reduce fraud rates, which are already exceptionally […]

Limiting Surprise Medical Bills

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

No one likes an unexpected bill, but Texans are fed up with the surprise bills they receive after ER visits, even when they go to hospitals in their insurance network. This session the Legislature is listening to them. Michael Fryar from Grapevine went to an in-network ER for appendicitis, and later got a surprise bill […]

Drug Testing TANF Recipients Costs More than It Saves

Rachel Cooper

In the last few months state legislatures across the country have introduced bills designed to force people in greatest need to prove they are “worthy” of receiving support. Sadly, Texas is no different. The House Human Services Committee is set to hear several bills, including HB 352 by Representative Ken King, requiring drug screening for […]

Squabbling Over the Best Way to Shortchange Our Kids

Tax cut fever continues to spread through the Capitol, and we keep asking the same question: is it appropriate or fiscally responsible to place tax cuts at the top of the agenda? State leadership seems to be prioritizing tax cuts above all else, when programs and services our businesses and families depend on are left […]