The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have each approved their state budget proposals for 2018-2019. As a conference committee prepares to iron out the details, CPPP highlights key differences in health care and education that must be resolved.
I have had the good fortune to engage in public policy advocacy alongside college students who care deeply about the future of our state. These young people are some of the smartest and most dedicated advocates I’ve known. They often
You would think that, having just written proposed state budgets that would underfund or cut health care, financial aid, and more, the Texas Legislature would want to avoid similar tight budget sessions in the future. But, here we are in 2017
The first major pieces of Texas school finance legislation this session are up for debate in the House and in a key Senate committee.
The Texas Legislature recently heard testimony on HB 1533, to modify state rules for non-exempt resources and assets that determine household eligibility for SNAP. This blog post lays out how removing the current asset test helps Texas families achieve financial
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
The Texas Senate has approved two bills that fail to address the state role in making college affordable for Texas students. While capping tuition may seem like an easy solution to the rising cost of college tuition in Texas, in reality,
CPPP Recommendation: Increase the basic allotment floor to $5,200 to absorb funding elements eliminated in HB 21. The House Public Education Committee recently passed HB 21, which takes the first step in making needed improvement to the school finance system. The
The House Committee on Appropriations approved its budget proposal on March 29, and a floor vote by the full House is set for April 6. The bill will, as usual, undergo some additional amendments on the House floor. Let’s explore