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In this press release, three TCCRI Board Members who serve on the House Appropriations Committee argue for a limited, one-time withdrawal from the Economic Stabilization Fund to balance the current biennium budget (2010-2011). Retaining a sizable balance in the ESF remains critical for next session, when the state will face skyrocketing Medicaid costs.
The Texas House of Representatives passed a resolution on Monday, March 30, 2011 to honor State Representative Warren Chisum (TCCRI President & Co-Founder) for his distinguished career in public service, and for his life-long commitment to conservative principles.
While it is demonstrably appropriate to spend some amount of the ESF to help balance the current biennium (2010-11) budget, legislators should only appropriate $3.2 billion from the fund. It is critical to appropriate the smallest possible amount from the ESF because the Fund plays a critical role underpinning the long-term fiscal health of the state.
In this opinion-editorial, published by the Houston Chronicle, Senators Jane Nelson and Dan Patrick (both TCCRI Board members) and Representative Lois Kolkhorst make the case for an interstate health care compact.
KETK of Tyler has published a story on TCCRI’s research on education spending, which was published in our State Budget Task Force report, Blueprint for a Balanced Budget. The KETK story centers on our report’s finding that public schools statewide have a one-to-one ratio of teachers to non-teachers.
With the State of Texas facing skyrocketing costs under the Medicaid program, and with Texas prohibited from making any meaningful reforms or reductions to our Medicaid and CHIP programs, conservative state lawmakers have filed legislation to allow Texas to chart its own path for health care policies and programs. To enter Texas into an interstate health care compact, State Representative …
In this opinion-editorial, seven conservative state legislators argue that lawsuit reform has proven successful for Texas and should be advanced by instituting a “loser pays” requirement.