A majority of all regional, generational, ethnic/racial and partisan groups support legislation placing more stringent limitations on the ability of cities, counties, school districts and other local taxing authorities to indirectly increase their revenue from property taxes without explicit voter approval.
Creating a Texas Tech veterinary school is a no-brainer, and should be a cut-and-dried funding issue. It has been debated long enough and, in that time, the need for the veterinary school has only grown greater. The Legislature should approve the funding, with no strings attached.
A program that sticks kids in a gym to learn about everything except sex is not a program that can last. If Texas schools continue to push abstinence-only programs instead of listening to the research, our children will continue to suffer from a lack of information.
We have the power to create a bright future, while still sustaining the past by regulating development through affordable housing — so neighborhoods like mine can continue to exist.
We hope for the day when elections, and the laws governing who can vote in Texas, are more reflective of the people who have to live with the consequences of tomorrow. That’s why we advocate for lowering the voting age in this state to 16 and cutting off voting rights at 70.
UT Southwestern Medical Center is uniquely poised to move gene therapy discovery into clinical trials with a world-renowned gene therapy team, state-of-the-art facilities, and a partner pediatric hospital in Dallas.
There is nothing to be gained by switching to current-year property values for school finance, other than giving the state an extra $1.8 billion — and shorting local schools by the same amount. It would be far better to provide local education leaders with the predictability and the consistency needed to budget responsibly. It would be far better to stick with prior-year values.
Public education cannot be what our state requires if we don’t provide the resources our children need. We must also address head on the many systemic challenges that hinder its success. The question we raise is simply whether the first step in transforming our public education outcomes should focus primarily on our teachers or our students. We believe that our report represented an appropriate balance that focused on both.
Voters clearly telegraphed their distaste for increasing sales taxes in the February 2019 University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Those attitudes weren’t very surprising then, and it shouldn’t be surprising now that state legislators, whatever the mixture of carrots and sticks being deployed by their leadership, are not keen to follow.
Texas’ current bail system relies on the luck of the draw instead of objective decision-making. Lawmakers must act to avoid more costly federal litigation and stop gambling with our safety and liberty.
As summer rapidly approaches, students, teachers, businesses and parents alike have a vested interest in protecting these valuable weeks of personal growth and economic development.
In a state in which 66% of Texans agree that LGBTQ people should be protected from discrimination, it is troubling to think that lawmakers might unnecessarily trade away these nondiscrimination ordinances — popular with Texans from all walks of life — for other political goals.
High-speed internet has the potential like no other technology to improve the quality of life and advance economic development opportunities in rural Texas by offering increased access to education, healthcare and employment.
I love our school, but schools need to report vaccination rates so parents can keep their kids safe and well.
Let’s make it easier for teen mothers to raise healthy children, and for low-income older teens to have the opportunity to delay having families until they complete their education and start their adult lives with self-sufficiency and promise for the future.
We should reward the time and effort of those who have spent a number of legislative sessions thinking deeply about our state hospital system, and we should respond now with funding support that matches the ambition and innovativeness of the collective plans submitted.
Did you know your insurance provider may not cover a loaner vehicle?
Freestanding emergency centers could be a vital resource for Texans who have very few options for outpatient care, especially in rural parts of the state.
It is imperative that child-care providers are trained to care for children with disabilities, and that families have access to care.
If the Legislature doesn’t address the lack of adequate TRS contributions, there will be long-term negative effects on Texas’s fiscal sustainability.