Press Release: New Report, Analysis Show State Will Invest $10 Billion Less in Kids Even as Their Needs Rise

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February 3, 2011

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(AUSTIN, Texas) — A new report and analysis released today by the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) shows in the wake of a massive revenue shortfall the proposed state budget will invest $10 billion less in Texas kids over the next two years, even while more of the state's children live in poverty, have no health insurance, and are born too early and too small. The state is approximately $27 billion short of what it needs to write a budget that funds all essential services at current levels.