Advocates for Kids, the Poor Urge Texas Senate to Abandon Plan to Cut Spending Across the Board

AUSTIN -- Advocates for children, the poor and low-income working Texans urged key senators Tuesday to abandon a key element of their chamber's starting point budget - a 1.5 percent, across the board cut in all programs except basic state aid to public schools.The haircut would save $1.06 billion in general-purpose state money over the next two years.However, critics of the plan warned that at the Health and Human Services Commission alone, curtailed spending on Medicaid and other programs would take down an additional $560 million in federal matching funds."This extra $1 billion cut would harm Texas children and families," Stephanie Rubin, chief executive of Texans Care for Children, told the Senate Finance Committee.  Continue reading...

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