Gearing Up for the Texas Revenue Estimate

Eva DeLuna Castro

On Monday, January 9, State Comptroller Glenn Hegar will issue the revenue estimate for 2018-19, as well as update legislators on 2016-17 state revenue collections. This key stage in the budget cycle is when state officials find out how much will be available to invest in schools, higher education, health care, and other services through […]

Marriage Decision Makes Health Insurance Benefits Accessible

Melissa McChesney

On Friday June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court made history by requiring states to allow same-sex couples to marry and to acknowledge marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states. This landmark decision allows same-sex couples to get married and have their marriages recognized in all states. One important thing to remember is that getting […]

OPED–Texas Public Pensions On Sound Footing

“Texans believe in hard work that leads to a secure retirement. We provide our public servants a secure retirement through a decent pension. At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we recently released a major report on our state‚Äôs two largest pension plans, the Teacher Retirement System and the Employee Retirement System. Every pension plan […]

State Employee Retirement & The Budget

Chandra Villanueva

This week, I shared this testimony with Senate Finance Committee members on the state’s Employee Retirement System: ERS is more than just retirement income for our state employees. As a Defined-Benefit pension plan, ERS retirement benefits are: an effective tool for the recruitment and retention of a quality workforce; they strengthen the middle class by […]