2015 Legislative Work
The 84th Texas Legislature was in session from January – June 2015, and the decisions our elected leaders made will determine whether we will have a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated and financially secure. CPPP criss-crossed the Capitolevery day, fighting hard to advance policies to ensure that Texas is the best state for hard-working people and their families.

Click here to view a summary of our 2015 legislative work:
A Look Back at the 84th Legislative Session (PDF)

   Health and Wellness
JUNE
10
Presentation: Texas Public Policy and Mental Health Care Post-Session Snapshot
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JUNE
10
Presentation: Texas Public Policy and Health Care Post-Session Snapshot
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MAY
17
Testimony: HB 2835, Barriers to Care for Undocumented Children
TESTIMONY
MAY
08
The Coverage Gap and the Welcome Mat Effect
BLOG
MAY
07
Scarlet Letters on Insurance ID Cards
BLOG
MAY
05
Texas Coalition for Healthy Minds, Budget Recommendations
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MAY
04
Testimony: HB 2666, Asset Limits for SNAP Eligibility, House and Human Services
TESTIMONY
APR
30
Closing the Texas Coverage Gap: How Texas Leaders Can Still Help Over 1 Million Texans this Session
REPORT
APR
27
Concerns Remain on HHSC Sunset Consolidation Bill
BLOG
APR
27
Testimony: CSHB 2304, HHSC Sunset and Reorganization, House Human Services
TESTIMONY
VIDEO
APR
23
Testimony: HB 1908, Mental Health and Recidivism, House Corrections
TESTIMONY
APR
22
5 Things to know As Feds Question Texas' Uncompensated Care Waiver
BLOG
APR
21
Fact Sheet: The Texas 1115 Waiver Renewal, Texas Coverage Gap Conversation
FACT SHEET

APR
16
Waiting Period for CHIP: Not Worth the State Resources or Risk to Children's Health
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BLOG
APR
13
Limiting Surprise Medical Bills
APR
13
Testimony: HB 1541, Peer Support Services, House Human Services Committee
APR
13
Testimony: HB 1873, Self-Directed Care, House Human Services Committee
APR
10
Drug Testing for TANF Recipients Costs More than it Saves
BLOG
  Economic Opportunity
MAY
28
The Path to Pre-K in 2015
BLOG
MAY
27
The Path to Pre-K: CPPP and the 2015 Legislative Session
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MAY
14
Let Texans Decide on Increasing Minimum Wage
MAY
11
Pre-K Gets Low Score, HB 4 Won't Change That
APR
30
New Research Makes the Case for Pre-K
BLOG
APR
30
Testimony: HB 4, Pre-K, Senate Education Committee
TESTIMONY
APR
29
Testimony: HB 1502, Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program, House Higher Education Committee
TESTIMONY
APR
23
Graduation Season Comes Early
BLOG
APR
22
Testimony: Chandra Villanueva on HB 2365, Expansion of College Work-Study (starts at 2:02)
APR
21
Keeping College Within Reach:How Texas Can Move More Low-Income and Adult Students Through College
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BLOG
APR
21
Proposed Bills Expand College Savings Opportunities
BLOG
APR
14

Testimony: CSHB 1759, Public School Finance System, House Committe on Public Education
APR
07
It's Time to Raise the Minimum Wage in Texas: Analysis of Who Would Benefit from a Minimum Wage Increase in Texas
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FACT SHEETS
BLOG
MAR
13
Beyond the Campus: Connecting Community College Students to Meaningful Employment
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MAR
09
Closing the Opportunity Gap: Texas Should Invest in High Quality Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten for Disadvantaged Students
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FACTSHEET
FEB
11
In-State Tuition for Non-Citizen Resident Texans: What You Need to Know
  Invest In Texas
MAY
28
2015 Legislative Budget Wrap-Up
MAY
28
Misguided Priorities
MAY
13
The Least-Worst Way to Under-Invest
MAY
11
Flat-Dollar Homestead Exemption Benefits Homeowners and Municipalities
MAY
04
Headline from the Future: Who Passed All These Short-Sighted Tax Cuts
APR
28
FAQ: Texas Taxes and Tax Cut Proposals
APR
27
Legislative Budget Snapshot
APR
27
DFPS House and Senate Budget Proposals Similar, but Priorities DIffer
APR
27
Funding for DARS Misses the Mark
APR
21
Testimony: Dick Lavine on HB 1980, Local Option Homestead Exemption (starts at 13:40)
APR
17
House Swings and Misses on School Finance
BLOG
APR
15
Texas Can't Afford Permanent Tax Cuts
APR
14
Testimony: Dick Lavine on House Tax Cut Plan at House Ways and Means
APR
10
Squabbling Over the Best Way to Shortchange Our Kids
BLOG
APR
06
Undocumented Immigrants Paid $1.5 Billion+ In Texas Taxes
MAR
31
Who Pays Taxes in Texas?
MAR
17
Testimony: Eva DeLuna Castro on Constitutional Change to the Spending Limit, Senate Finance
JAN
08
Cheat Sheet for the Texas Revenue Estimate
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