Category Archives: Legislature

HB 400

HB 400 is to be debated in the Texas House of Representatives on Friday, May 6, 2011. Representative Eisler has said this about the bill, ” Do not be misled … This provision will save jobs.” He has been quoted, … Continue reading

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The Structural Deficit: Planned Pain II

At this site, we have written about the state’s structural deficit in funding public education (A Budgetary Frankenstein (January 30, 2011) and Structural Deficit: Planned Pain (February 17, 2011)). The good news is that an elected state official is talking … Continue reading

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Structural Deficit: Planned Pain

The State of Texas has a budget problem. Part of the problem is something called a structural deficit. In an earlier blog at this site (A Budgetary Frankenstein), Abby Rapoport’s (The Structural Deficit Theme) definition of a structural deficit was … Continue reading

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A Budgetary Frankenstein

Texas designed a K12 public school funding system where revenue can not keep up with expenditures. It is a Budgetary Frankenstein with a technical name: structural deficit. What is a structural deficit? The Texas Tribune (Tripedia: 2011 Budget Shortfall) describes … Continue reading

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A Financial Storm

During the winter months, I pay close attention to the weather forecasts. Snow or ice storms before or during a school day can create conditions in which adjustments to the school schedule – delayed start, early release, or cancellation – … Continue reading

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State of the State’s Finances

Ouch! might be a good way to start this blog because it looks like Texas’ budgeting process for the next biennium is going to painful – painful for those who set the budget and painful for those of us in … Continue reading

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