The State Budget: Building Upon Success

By Pamela McPeters TexProtects Vice President of Public Affairs The budget is one of the most significant responsibilities of the Texas Legislature. The Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees of the 86th Legislature will soon be underway crafting the fiscal years 2020-2021 General Appropriations Act. As these committees work on competing interests, including school finance, […]

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DFPS Submits Legislative Appropriations Request for 2019 Session

The 86th Legislative Session will begin January 8, 2019, and in preparation, the Department of Family and Protective Services released its Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for Fiscal Years 2020-2021 on August 31. First, let’s review the previous session: Before the 2017 Texas Legislative Session, Child Protective Services was plagued with problems. Governor Greg Abbott declared […]

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Working Together to Build a Prenatal to Age Three Policy Vision for Texas

There’s a growing recognition across the country and in Texas that the experiences – positive or negative – during the first few years of childhood provide the foundation for a child’s life for decades to come. Advocates, policymakers, philanthropists, and community leaders have worked to develop supports for families and children during this critical time, […]

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