CPPP Open Letter to Conferees on Budget

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April 28, 2009

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Writing the budget for Texas is a challenging and important responsibility. As a policy institute concerned about low-income Texans, we closely study the state’s budget and recommend key improvements. The House and the Senate have already funded many of our priorities in each chamber’s proposed budget. Consequently, we focus our recommendations on unfunded priorities and ways to reconcile differing approaches between the chambers. In part 1, we make three general recommendations regarding state spending. In part 2, we urge additional and important General-Revenue related spending primarily in health and human services. In part 3, we make recommendations regarding budget riders that have no General-Revenue impact. In part 4, we suggest ways to maximize federal TANF spending.