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

First Look — Senate Budget Update Improves Health, Higher Ed. Funding

Eva DeLuna Castro

Today the Senate Finance Committee approved its substitute for the Senate budget proposal (Senate Bill 1), the General Appropriations Act for 2018 and 2019. Total spending proposed for the next budget cycle in SB 1 is $217.7 billion, a 0.7 percent increase compared to the $216 billion in state and federal revenue budgeted for 2016-17. This means a real spending drop of almost eight percent, once population growth and inflation are taken into account. Total General Revenue spending would be $106.3 billion, which would be a 1.6 percent drop from 2016-17 even before any population or inflation adjustment.

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.

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

Ann Beeson

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 […]

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

Garrett Groves

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 […]

Increasing Access to Mental Health Peer Support Services

Monica Villarreal, CPPP staff, Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow

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 […]

Anti-Immigrant Policies Are Bad for Texas

Mia Ibarra

To create a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure, CPPP believes our state should provide pathways to opportunity for all immigrants – not put up barriers to their productive participation in our shared economy and society. This week the House State Affairs Committee will hear public testimony on SB 4. The House […]

Tweens at Risk of Dropping out before High School

Chandra Kring Villanueva

Texas students in grades four through eight (known as “the middle grades”) are considered at-risk in the education pipeline. These “tweens” are at a make or break period for determining future academic success. Research has shown that students who are not proficient in reading by the beginning of fourth grade are four times more likely […]

VIDEO: What does the Congressional health care proposal mean for Texas?

By Anne Dunkelberg This week I joined CPPP Senior Policy Analyst Stacey Pogue for a Facebook Live discussion about what Congressional health care proposals might mean for Texas. You can watch a recording of the discussion here. Overall: The most distressing part of the Congressional plan is that it doesn’t provide a pathway to reach […]