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Remembering Deacon Joe Rubio

CPPP mourns the passing of Deacon Joe Rubio on May 21, 2017. As an original member of the CPPP Board of Directors, Deacon Joe Rubio played an instrumental role in the development of the organization in a variety of roles over the years of his service, including board chair. “Deacon Joe Rubio was a dear […]


Eva DeLuna Castro

Saturday Night Budget Deal, Explained

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 […]


Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

Sandra Bland Act at the Capitol

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 […]


Chandra Kring Villanueva

Promising School Finance Bills Stuck in Texas Legislative Limbo

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. […]