2013 Lege–Mental Health

Katharine Ligon

This is the first legislative session the Center will have a dedicated staff member to focus on issues related to behavioral health.  In this position I will research, analyze and advocate for policies and fiscal matters that enhance the quality and capacity of mental health and substance abuse services and treatment in Texas. There will […]

Report: Strong School Breakfast Program in TX, Universal Breakfast Would Feed More Children

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan Two reports released today by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) show that Texas schools continue to serve a relatively high percentage of eligible students with the federal School Breakfast Program (SBP).  Compared with all 50 states, Texas ranked 7th overall for the number of children reached by the SBP.  On […]

2013 Lege–SNAP and WIC

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan More than 3.5 million Texans, including nearly 2 million children, rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure that they don’t go to bed hungry at night. Although the program has long been a reliable and effective part of the safety net, the importance of SNAP was magnified in the […]

Initial Budget Proposals Include Cuts We Can’t Afford

Today, we learned a little about what the House and Senate budget proposals included, as well as what the Legislative Budget Board estimates is necessary to cover 2014-15 growth. We spent some time at the Capitol today doing preliminary analysis and comparing what each chamber is proposing to spend to what is needed to fund growth for […]

OPED–Visions for Lone Star Lawmakers

This weekend, Eva’s piece ran in the Austin American-Statesman’s Legislative Preview series: We believe in Texas. We believe in the people of Texas. We know it’s hard for families, especially Texas families, to admit that they need and ask for help. Recently, we documented five Texas families’ stories as they struggle to make ends meet […]

2013 Lege–Universal School Breakfast

Last school year Texas’ school cafeterias served an astonishing 300 million breakfasts.  But remarkably, that only covered 60 percent of the students who received free or reduced price lunches during the same year. This means that nearly one million of Texas’ low-income children who qualify for breakfast are not receiving it each day. The School […]

2013 Lege–Health Insurance Reform

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

In 2014, the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ObamaCare) will usher in sweeping and welcome changes to the Texas insurance market.  No, I’m not talking about health insurance exchanges, which get lots of attention and will certainly bring welcome change to the market.  Although at least one bill that creates a state exchange, S.B. 84, has […]

2013 Lege–Payday & Auto Title Lending

Two years ago, the 2011 Texas Legislature enacted two measures to rein in the Wild West of payday and auto title lending by requiring licensing, standard disclosures, and data collection under the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner. The bill to address the cycle of debt—where consumers “roll over” or refinance a single loan multiple times […]

2013 Lege–Public Education

Chandra Villanueva

On the face of it, “school choice” sounds like an intriguing concept. But, a key component of the school choice proposal presented by Senate leadership, which purports to allow for students to transfer within and between districts, offers few choices for too few students. After the 2011 Legislature cut $5.4 billion from public education last […]

Concerns Remain About State WHP Capacity

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Earlier this week, HHSC released a study finding that in most areas of the state, other providers can serve Women’s Health Program clients who can no longer go to Planned Parenthood.  The study shows that the 51 Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas served more WHP clients in 2012 than ALL the other 1,948 near-by WHP […]