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April 20, 2015

Sen. Sylvia Garcia: Why I Voted Against the State Budget

Ed. note: thanks to Senator Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) for writing this op-ed for our site, and for her vote against the state budget. Last Tuesday, I cast the lone “no-vote” on the Senate’s $211 billion version of the state budget. I did this because we...
April 11, 2013

My Tax Dollars Pay for WHAT?!?!

Progress Texas is proud to announce a new campaign to increase revenue in our state so we can better invest in our future. The campaign, which starts today and will likely last for years (more details below), is built around a simple idea: we need to...
March 20, 2013

Thank You Senators Wendy Davis and Sylvia Garcia

Earlier today, we called on Progress Texas members to contact their State Senators and urge them to vote against the first draft of the state budget. The response was tremendous. While our voices were heard, the bill passed. The final vote was 29 to 2 ...
January 29, 2013

Investing in Our Future - The State of the State in Texas

Today, Governor Rick Perry gives his 7th State of the State address . We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to catch up on what is going on in the Texas Legislature, brief you on the latest news on the major issues, and point you towards...
December 22, 2012

Texas Lawmakers Set Sights on CPRIT Overhaul

If you haven't already, click here to take action and demand accountability from CPRIT . The CPRIT scandal continues to impact the state of Texas , as Governor Perry - who initially called those who challenged the integrity of the agency as "conspiracy...
December 19, 2012

Boehner's Plan B: A Disaster For The Economy

Yesterday House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) released his controversial and widely criticized "Pan B" - the Republican counteroffer to advert the so-called "fiscal cliff." Boehner's Plan B would extend the Bush-era tax cuts for those making under $1...
December 9, 2012

Rally For The Middle Class

It is time to take action. This Monday (December 10th) join Texas Fair Share and other local groups for a rally fighting for the middle class outside of Representative Jeb Hensarling office in Dallas. The rally will call on Rep. Hensarling to avert the...
November 28, 2012

Ending The Bush-Era Tax Cuts For The Top 2%

According to a recent poll released by CNN , two thirds of Americans believe that the solution to the looming fiscal cliff should be a mix of spending cuts and tax increases. With overwhelming support for a balanced approach, it is no surprise that...
September 27, 2012

Death by a Thousand Budget Cuts

Yesterday, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs released a report about state and local debt . It's a good read for anyone who wants to learn how great of a burden Rick Perry and the Republican-controlled Legislature have put on local governments to pay for...
September 13, 2012

New Report Lays Out 10 Ways To Rebuild the Middle Class

Progress States Network and over 20 other organizations have released a fantastic new report this morning - “10 Ways to Rebuild the Middle Class for Hard Working Americans: Making Work Pay in the 21st Century.” Here is their statement regarding the...