- Texas Children: Canaries in the Coal Mine (Pamela Oldham at Miller-McCune)
It looks like Texas’ longtime model of cutting spending and never raising taxes works exceptionally well, so it’s not surprising that many states are following Texas’ lead. But it’s less obvious that the state’s fiscal policies and widely admired approach to balancing its budget have created a devastating legacy. According to officials at Austin-based Texans Care for Children, a multi-issue, nonpartisan policy organization, Texas children are falling behind the rest of the country in nearly every aspect of child well-being.
- State budget cuts may mean hundreds of nursing homes close, industry warns (Robert T. Garrett at The Dallas Morning News)
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- Business Leaders Sound Alarm About Education Cuts (Erika Aguilar of The Texas Tribune)
Lawmakers will soon take an ax to the state budget, but business leaders are hoping one big-ticket item will be spared. At its annual conference in Austin this week, the Texas Association of Business sounded warnings about potential cuts to public education.
- Austin Neighborhood Council Meets to Discuss Potential School Closings (Katie Friel at The Austinist)
- Voter ID and Other Emergencies: What’s on Perry’s List (Stan Powers at The Austinist)