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Texas needs a budget and tax system that is fair, adequate, and responsive to our state's growing population and needs. The ability to invest in public services that will build a more prosperous future for all Texans relies on the ability of our tax system to support those services.
2017
MAY
27
State Budget SB 1 Side-by-Side Analysis
CPPP Insights into SB 1 State Budget
Higher Education Allocations in SB 1
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COMMENTARY
CHART
APR
07
Recap of the Texas House Budget
BRIEF
APR
03
10 Things to Know about the Texas House Budget Proposal
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Point of Order Video - Dick Lavine on the Franchise Tax
Point of Order Video: Franchise Tax (live edition)

CPPP Senior Fiscal Analyst Dick Lavine and Communications Associate Gina Chavez discuss the worst proposal at the Texas Legislature: eliminating the Franchise Tax that supports public education in Texas.

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MAR
27
  CPPP Opposes Senate Bill 9 TESTIMONY
MAR
23
Property Taxes: Misguided Senate Bill 2 Could Tie Hands of Cities and Counties  REPORT
MAR
02
Who Pays Taxes in Texas
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FEB
27
Texas Taxes: What You Need to Know
REPORT
FEB
17
How the Texas Education Commissioner Decided to Give $100 Million to Rich Homeowners in Rich School Districts
REPORT
FEB
09
Budget Briefing with Eva DeLuna Castro and Dick Lavine PRESENTATION
VIDEO
FEB
09
Budget Briefing with Eva DeLuna Castro and Dick Lavine PRESENTATION
VIDEO
FEB
07
2017 Legislative Budget Snapshot
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2016

AUG
11
The Rainy Day Fund: A Resource Designed for Texas to Use
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JUL
06
The Steps in the Texas Budget Process
GUIDE
BLOG
INFOGRAPHIC

MAR
15
The Franchise Tax: An Important Component of State Revenue
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MAR
15
The Flat-Dollar Homestead Exemption: A Better Way to Help Texas Homeowners
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2015

OCT
19
Know Before You Vote: November Ballot Propositions 1 and 7
FACT SHEET
BLOG

APR
27
Legislative Budget Snapshot READ MORE

APR
14
Testimony: Dick Lavine on House Tax Cut Plan at House Ways and Means VIEW VIDEO

MAR
31
Who Pays Taxes in Texas? READ MORE
BLOG

MAR
17
Testimony: Eva DeLuna Castro on Constitutional Change to the Spending Limit at Senate Finance VIEW VIDEO
TESTIMONY
FEB
17
Testimony: Lavine on Texas Taxes before the Texas House Committee on Ways and Means VIEW VIDEO
PRESENTATION
JAN
08
Cheat Sheet for the Texas Revenue Estimate READ MORE
BLOG POST
2014
OCT
29
Texas Health and Human Services in 2016-17: A Look at the Budget Request for the Department of Family and Protective Services FULL REPORT
BLOG POST
OCT
22
Infographic: Understanding the Texas Budget Process FULL REPORT
BLOG POST
SEP
30
Texas Health and Human Services in 2016-17: A Look at the Budget Request for the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services FULL REPORT
BLOG POST
2013
AUG
30
Sizing Up The Texas Budget: Student Financial Aid READ MORE
MAY
13
Where Did All the Money Go? Tax Cuts, Abatements, and Subsidies
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APR
30
Extending or Expanding Chapter 313 Without Proper Oversight Would Cost Texas Billions READ MORE
APR
24
Open Letter to State Budget Conferees READ MORE
MAR
28
Who Pays Taxes in Texas? READ MORE
MAR
03
Texas Medicaid Spending In ContextREAD MORE
JAN
07
State Leaders Have the Opportunity to Undo Devastating 2011 Cuts and Invest in Our Future READ MORE
OCT
15
Congressional Proposals Would Extend Tax Breaks
for Small Group of Wealthy Texans And End Help for Thousands of Working Families
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OCT
10
The 2014-15 Texas Children's Budget Doesn't Meet Our Needs READ MORE
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