Medicare and Medicaid Looking Good at 50

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 […]

Statewide Meetings Are Our Chance to Request Federal Health Care Funding

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This blog post originally appeared on the Texas Well and Healthy “Texas Treatment” blog. Starting July 13th in Houston, Texans can provide their input on maximizing federal health care funding for their communities in public meetings organized by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on the proposed renewal of the state’s 1115 Medicaid waiver. […]

Beautiful, messy ole’ democracy

Winston Churchill once quipped that “democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried.” Like many Americans, I celebrated the Fourth of July this year with extra gusto and renewed faith in our democracy. The Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guaranties the right to same-sex marriage, upheld subsidies […]

New Research Makes the Case for Pre-K

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By CPPP Communications Intern Arthur D. Soto-Vásquez Newly released research from the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin demonstrates the urgent need to expand early childhood education in Texas. Governor Abbott and members of the Texas legislature have rightly made early childhood education a major […]

Big Week for Pre-K in the Texas House

Chandra Villanueva

Pre-Kindergarten in Texas could get a big boost this legislative session, and it’s encouraging that there are several legislative proposals on the table. The Center for Public Policy Priorities just released a new report with recommendations for ways Texas can use Pre-K to close the opportunity gap for Texas kids. Governor Abbott has declared Pre-K […]

Do it for Texas kids, Gov. Abbott

Dear Governor Abbott: Congratulations on your inauguration as the governor of our great state. As a fellow Texan, parent, and attorney, I know we agree that Texas should be the number one state in America for children. But according to the Census and other trusted data sources, Texas is consistently ranked one of the nation’s […]

Analysis: What the New Census Data Tell Us

Like taking your temperature, reporting the annual poverty rate is a broad measure of how economically healthy Texas families are. This week’s U.S. Census release showed a small but significant decrease in Texas’ poverty rate of less than one percentage point. The 2013 poverty rate is 17.5 percent, or 4.5 million Texans living in poverty, […]

New national poll shows concern for school underfunding, vouchers

Chandra Villanueva

This week PDK/Gallup released the findings of their 46th annual Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. The nationwide poll, administered to 1,001 Americans, asked questions on important education policy issues such as school funding, teacher quality, standardized testing, and vouchers. The Texas Legislature will debate many of these issues when the legislative […]

Texas Is a Tough Place to Be a Kid (or a Parent)

A new report from the National KIDS COUNT Project shows that Texas is one of the toughest places to be a kid. The conclusion comes from crunching the numbers in health, education, economic security and the stability of families and communities. But let’s start with the good news. Texas is making progress for kids in […]