Saturday Night Budget Deal, Explained

Eva DeLuna Castro

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 […]

Misguided Senate Bill 2 Could Tie Hands of Cities and Counties

Dick Lavine

This post was updated on 5/17/17. Texas local governments – cities, counties, community colleges and hospital districts – provide vital services to their constituents. Locally elected officials decide how to provide these services and how to pay for them, an arrangement that reflects the values and desires of local voters. The Texas Legislature is now […]

Medicaid Funding in the Texas State Budget

Anne Dunkelberg

Putting House and Senate Budget Cuts in Perspective Eva DeLuna Castro’s Comparison of the Texas Senate and House Budgets includes some of the high-level concerns about the major gaps in both chambers’ Medicaid-Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) proposals. This post and a new linked detailed table provides more details on Medicaid-CHIP, with special focus on […]

Let’s Go Back to the Future

Dick Lavine

Why talk about the 2020-21 Texas state budget when lawmakers are still deciding the 2018-19 budget? It’s because the decisions our state leaders make now will have dramatic effects on the ability of the next Legislature to support health care, public education and other key services when they return to write a budget in January […]

TX House & Senate Budgets Side by Side

Eva DeLuna Castro

CPPP recommends that the conference committee members adopt the best elements of each budget proposal to most effectively support health care, education and other essential programs and services that benefit all Texans.

Promising School Finance Bills Advance in Texas House and Senate

Chandra Kring Villanueva

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 […]

A Recap of the Texas House Budget

Eva DeLuna Castro

Before we break out the champagne, however, let’s remember that both the House and Senate budgets still drastically underfund our growing state. The 2018-2019 budgets for each chamber are at least six percent lower than the 2016-2017 budget, after taking into account population growth and cost inflation.

Big Week for the Budget

Eva DeLuna Castro

When you’re in a hole – especially a self-induced one – stop digging. The Senate should boost investments in the services Texans need and stop pushing for new cuts to revenue.

House Budget Proposals: Using Rainy Day Fund Critical to Health Care & Education

Eva DeLuna Castro

failure to adopt this proposal in its current form could mean that more than half a million Texans lose access to health care

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

Dick Lavine

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