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Forward--How Texas Spends Its Money, How Texas Gets Its Money, and Why It Doesn't Add Up

by: Center for Public Policy Priorities

Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 02:04 PM CST

(Important update from CPPP about our state's crisis in revenue and the impact on our state budget.   - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

This week, we at the Center for Public Policy Priorities released our updated and redesigned Budget & Revenue primer, which outlines the current budget process and why Texas is short of the money it needs. While the full primer is more evergreen and educational in nature, we've also put together two additional fact sheets with updated information on the 2013 Texas Legislature's budget numbers.

You can read the primer, as well as a list of state budget do's and don't's & the fact sheet on this session's budget outlook, on our website.

Here's a sampling from the introduction:

"With one in 11 children in the United States calling Texas home, our state has a big role to play in the future of America. To ensure that our large and rapidly growing child population is prepared to meet tomorrow's challenges, we must invest in education. We need strong early childhood education, strong public schools, and strong colleges and universities to ensure a prosperous future.

Preparing for the future requires the political will to reform our antiquated revenue system now. To move forward, we must have a revenue system that is fair and adequate. Our revenue system, though, has always been unfair and is increasingly inadequate."

Learn more on our website.  

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Texas Democrats, Progressive Organizations React to SCOTUS Ruling on Affordable Care Act

by: Katherine Haenschen

Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:00 AM CDT

The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act yesterday in a 5-4 vote. It was a surprise win for Democrats and liberals. Meanwhile, Fox News was stunned as they tried to figure out what to do with all of the confetti they bought to celebrate the bill's defeat. Rimshot!

Once the SCOTUS ruled, Texas Democrats sent out a wide range of statements praising the impact of the ruling on the 24.6% of Texans who are currently uninsured.

State Senator Leticia Van De Putte provided us with some helpful figures about what the ACA is already doing here in Texas:

    300,371 young adults gained health care coverage through their parents' plan
    4,029 individuals with preexisting conditions now have health care
    55,280 seniors saved an average of $1,384 on prescription drugs
    3,836,000 received preventive care with no co-pays

No wonder Republicans are calling for its repeal -- the Affordable Care Act just helps too darn many working people!

Below the jump, read public statements from the following great Democrats and progressive organizations:

    State Rep. Rafael Anchia
    State Rep. Carol Alvarado
    Center for Public Policy Priorities
    State Rep. Garnet Coleman
    State Rep. Joe Deshotel
    Congressman Lloyd Doggett
    State Rep. Dawnna Dukes
    State Senator Rodney Ellis
    State Rep. and MALC Chairman Trey Martinez Fischer
    NARAL Pro-Choice America
    National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    TDP Chair Gilberto Hinojosa
    TDP Spokeswoman Rebecca Acuña
    Congressman Silvestre Reyes
    State Senator Carlos Uresti
    State Senator Leticia Van De Putte
    State Rep. Marc Veasey

Click "There's More" and see what they had to say about this historic ruling.  

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CPPP: It's Not to Late to Override

by: Matt Glazer

Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 03:00 PM CDT

(A message from the non-partisan Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP).  The message has been slightly edited but the message remains intact.)

For the past 10 years, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) has provided low-cost health insurance to millions of children in Texas and across the nation, helping keep kids healthy while strengthening the economy. For every $1 Texas invests in CHIP, Texas receives $2.64 in matching funds from the federal government.

Yet, this morning the President vetoed legislation that would have reauthorized the program and expanded health coverage to nearly 4 million uninsured children.

"The President's veto means that the advances Texas plans for our state CHIP program are at risk," said Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. "Fortunately, it's not too late. Even though the President vetoed the bill, Congress can still pass legislation that will make our children and our country better off."

In the coming days, the bill will return to Congress for a vote to override the President's veto. CPPP urges you to speak out by visiting http://www.familiesusa.org/bushvskids. Here you can write a letter, sign a petition, and watch a video about the importance of the CHIP program.

Encourage the Texas members who didn't vote for the bill to change their minds and vote for Texas children (see below). After all, the majority of American voters across the political spectrum support an expansion of children's health coverage.

SENATE: Senator Hutchison--Yea Senator Cornyn--Nay

YEAS: Cuellar, Doggett, Edwards, Gonzalez, Al Green, Gene Green, Hinojosa, Jackson-Lee, Lampson, Lee, Ortiz, Reyes

NAYS: Barton, Brady, Burgess, Carter, Conaway, Culberson, Gohmert, Granger, Hall, Hensarling, Sam Johnson, Marchant, McCaul, Neugebauer, Paul, Sessions, Smith, Thornberry

NOT VOTING: E.B Johnson, Poe

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If You Cut It, They Will Shrink

by: Matt Glazer

Thu Jan 11, 2007 at 02:00 PM CST

The Legislative Budget Board (LBB) did something extreme today, they said that the Texas Legislature will not be able to spend more than $62.8 billion.  Before you start thinking that is a lot of money to run Texas, think again.

In an editorial in the Waco Tribune yesterday, the editorial staff called the Perry tax plan, "irresponsible" because the "economy is certain to cool".

Ok, your right, that is just conjecture. How about some facts?

The non-partisan Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) stated in no uncertain terms:

…just to keep pace with current services and to free up designated funds for their intended purposes, "we do not have a budget surplus at all; we are $3 billion short."

In order to make the LBB's spending cap, the state is required to cut state agencies and services and prevent them from receiving money that has been allocated and voted on, but not yet appropriated.

As our favorite person Jim Pitts stated at Quorum Report, the current LBB directive asking agencies to submit a budget at 90 percent of baseline would yield $2 billion in savings. However, that translates to a 20 percent cuts in state agencies, and a lack of funding for the second year of teacher raises and other spending priorities such as growth in public school enrollment, social services or prison system capacity.

This is a classic example of, cut off the head and the body will die. If the LBB limits the state to this number, all agencies and social programs will suffer. All.  The ever famous line from Abramoff pal and staunch Republican Grover Norquist is, "I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."

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