Dick Lavine

SB 17: A time bomb that could blow up future state budgets

CPPP opposes SB 17, which would guarantee tight state budgets into the future.


Ann Beeson

School vouchers – by any name – are wrong for Texas children

On Tuesday morning, the Senate Education Committee will discuss Senate Bill 3, a dangerous proposal that would use taxpayer dollars to subsidize private school education. As the proud product of Dallas public schools, the daughter and granddaughter of public school teachers and principals, and the executive director of a non-profit policy group that believes deeply […]


Garrett Groves

It’s Getting Harder to Find a Job that Pays the Cost of Living in Texas

As Texans, we pride ourselves on working hard and being self-sufficient. But too few workers are able to earn enough to support themselves and their families. From 1979 to 2014, the share of low-wage jobs grew by 15.5 percent in Texas. At the same time, the share of jobs that paid middle wages dropped more […]


Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

Increasing Access to Mental Health Peer Support Services

House Bill 1486, sponsored by Chairman Four Price, has been referred to the House Committee on Public Health on March 21. The common-sense proposal would give more access to peer support services to Texans in need of mental health and substance use disorder services.  Mental health peer support is a cost-effective, evidence-based practice in which […]