Budget Recap: Democrats Succeed

Budget Recap: House Democrats Successfully Fought to Put Texas Kids and Families First House Democrats succeeded in making the House version of the budget better.  Led by Rep. Sergio Muñoz and Rep. Ina Minjarez, House Democrats successfully added more money to Child Protective Services and foster care and Rep. Muñoz added an additional $21.5 million towards reversing the cuts made to acute therapy services for kids. Rep. Garnet Coleman secured vital funding for mental health crisis services. Additionally, Rep. Abel Herrero led the successful passage of an anti-voucher am

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#TXKidsMatter

Actions have consequences. Last session, in a backroom deal made during the 11th hour of the 84th Legislative Session, a Medicaid "cost-savings" measure was tacked on to the two-year state budget.  The result -- an estimated 60,000 low-income children were put in jeopardy of losing access to speech, occupational and physical therapy. Since then, providers of these services have been fighting to keep their doors open. Last week, my staff met with an Arlington-based provider that serves 500 North Texas children covered by Medicaid.  As a result of the draconian rate cuts, in just

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Lake Arlington Injection Well Hearing Request

This week, I requested the Texas Railroad Commission hold a hearing in Arlington regarding an application for a proposed fluid injection well adjacent to Lake Arlington. In response to the request, I released the following statement: "I have heard from many members of the community who oppose the proposed injection well – for fear that its proximity to Lake Arlington could harm Arlington’s municipal and industrial water supply. Injection wells have been linked to seismic activity, which is also a concern. The people I represent deserve a chance to air their concerns at a public hear

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House Files School Finance Bill

This week, I stood with members of both parties to support HB 21, which would address our broken public school finance system and increase funding for our schools by $1.6 billion. I am honored that Chairman Huberty, who heads the Public Education Committee in the House, asked me to be a joint author on this important piece of legislation.

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