Dick Lavine

The Texas Legislature: A Lesson in How Not to Learn a Lesson

You would think that, having just written proposed state budgets that would underfund or cut health care, financial aid, and more, the Texas Legislature would want to avoid similar tight budget sessions in the future. But, here we are in 2017 preparing to repeat the mistakes of the past. Lawmakers are actively considering two bills […]


How the ACA Fights the Opioid Epidemic

Every day, on average, 78 Americans die from opioid abuse.[1] But did you know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) has been the key way that states have developed tools to fight the opioid epidemic across America? The ACA’s expansion of healthcare coverage—including benefits for prevention, treatment and harm reduction—continues to help lessen the epidemic and save lives. […]


Chandra Kring Villanueva

Promising School Finance Bills Advance in Texas House and Senate

The first major pieces of Texas school finance legislation this session are up for debate in the House and in a key Senate committee. On Wednesday the full House will debate HB 21. Sponsored by House Public Education Committee Chairman Dan Huberty, HB 21 has many positive provisions and is a promising first step toward […]


Rachel Cooper

Eliminating SNAP’s Asset Test Helps Families Earn and Save

The Texas Legislature recently heard testimony on HB 1533, to modify state rules for non-exempt resources and assets that determine household eligibilty for SNAP. This blog post lays out how removing the current asset test helps Texas families acheive financial stabilty. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program, is […]