An Unrealistic Budget Starting Point

Ann Beeson

This week the Senate Finance Committee begins hearings on its proposed budget, Senate Bill 1. The hearings follow the release last week of both the Senate and House draft budgets for the 2018-2019 budget cycle. The Senate budget proposal (Senate Bill 1) is not grounded in reality and is full of drastic cuts to essential […]

Stay alert; it’s #txlege time

Ann Beeson

It’s time to stay alert and get engaged – at every level of government. While the shifting climate in Washington is grabbing the headlines, the Texas Legislature kicks off its every-other-year session this week to enact policies that will impact the lives of every Texan and the future of our great state. The stakes for […]

Just What We Needed

Ann Beeson

Last week was just what I needed. Over 300 advocates, policy experts, public officials and concerned Texans gathered in Austin for our biennial Dare Texas Summit. Surrounded by creativity, policy solutions, and great people, I recharged my batteries for the upcoming legislative session. Check out the photos from the event here and our recap video here! […]

Can Texas values transcend politics?

Ann Beeson

The fall before a Texas Legislative session is always exciting, and this year is extra special. We are still glowing from our sold-out Legacy Luncheon in Austin, honoring Senator Lloyd and B.A. Bentsen as Texas Legacies. Future of Texas Award winner Brianna Brown of the Texas Organizing Project gave us hope for the next generation […]

CPPP Welcomes New Directors of Development and Finance

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The Center for Public Policy Priorities is pleased to announce that two experienced leaders have joined our staff to help make Texas the best state for hard-working people and their families. Nick Canedo is the new Director of Development. A native of San Antonio, Nick spent the last 11 years in New York City. Much […]

Tragedies in Dallas and beyond

Ann Beeson

It has been an emotional week in my hometown of Dallas, across Texas and across our country. Here at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we mourn the recent killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, of Philando Castile in Minnesota, and of police officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith […]

Friday the 13th for Texas Kids

Ann Beeson

The Texas Supreme Court forecast a scary future for Texas kids with their Friday the 13th school finance decision last week. While the Court repeatedly acknowledged serious flaws in how we support public education, they refused to do anything about it. What’s the point of having a right to education enshrined in the Texas Constitution, […]

Back to Our Roots – the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne

Ann Beeson

Last Tuesday, the CPPP staff carpooled down wildflower-studded back roads to spend the day with our founders, the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, Texas. It was a journey back to our roots and core values. The Benedictine Sisters in Boerne, founded CPPP in 1985 to advance public policy solutions for expanding access to health care. We […]

Expanding Opportunity for Every Texas Child

Ann Beeson

As a young girl growing up in Dallas, I remember being glued to the television, awestruck as we watched the first man walk on the moon. I was amazed by that remarkable human achievement, and proud that Americans had come together to solve a challenge many thought was impossible. As a parent, I’ve toured NASA […]

On the Road Again

Ann Beeson

One of the things I love about my job is the chance to travel around the state and meet Texans committed to helping other Texans reach their full potential. Last week I spent two days in Fort Worth, inspired by the can-do spirit of Cowtown. Leadership Fort Worth sponsored a top-notch gathering of business and […]