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Another small business reeling from COVID-19: the doctor’s office

March 28, 2020Erica Swegler is not just worried about her patients during the coronavirus pandemic; she’s also worried about her business, which she says...

5 million Texans lack health insurance. Here’s how that complicates the coronavirus response

March 10, 2020For Christian Gutierrez, preparing for a coronavirus outbreak is as much a financial consideration as it is a health one.At what point...

Texas labs can now test for coronavirus, but capacity remains limited

March 5, 2020Six Texas public health labs are now capable of testing for the new coronavirus, state officials announced Thursday, as the number of...

Texas almost mandated an HPV vaccine before politics got in the way. Now, the state has one of the country’s highest rates of cervical...

August 12, 2019In 2007, two governments set into motion a massive public health experiment.One was the state of Texas, where lawmakers rejected a mandate...

Texas child welfare chief Hank Whitman announces retirement

May 28, 2019Hank Whitman, the former Texas Ranger turned commissioner of the state's sprawling child welfare system, announced Tuesday he will resign from his...

Texas House, Senate approve budget deal with agreements on school finance, property taxes, Hurricane Harvey recovery

May 26, 2019The Texas Legislature on Sunday advanced a $250.7 billion two-year budget, ending weeks of deliberation over how much money to spend on...

Texas legislators strip last-minute $100 million request for border surge

After a last-minute deal appeared in a stop-gap spending measure this weekend that would have given Gov. Greg Abbott's office $100 million from the...

Did the Texas Legislature accidentally imperil billions of dollars in business taxes?

May 21, 2019Was it a symbolic measure meant to make the already remote possibility of a Texas income tax even less likely? Or a...

Texas Senate passes two-year budget with money for property tax cuts — but no plan for how to spend it

April 9, 2019The Texas Senate on Tuesday approved a two-year, $248 billion spending plan that includes $2.7 billion for a nebulous goal of property...

Texas House committee backs budget plan with extra $9 billion for school finance, property tax reform

March 18, 2019A panel of House budget writers gave initial approval Monday to a budget that would spend $115 billion in state funds, including...

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