Cost of College

What to know: Amid rising costs at colleges and universities, some Texas lawmakers are looking for solutions.

The TPPF take: Senate Bill 167 would temporary limit the rise in college tuition.

“This would better match the cost-of-living adjustment received in wage growth by many families and taxpayers,” says TPPF’s Tom Lindsay. “The effect will be to force these public institutions to rein in the number of administrators (and associated costs), along with other inefficiencies.”

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Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

What to know: Both the House and the Senate budgets for the next biennium in Texas come in under TPPF’s Conservative Texas Budget limits.

The TPPF take: This is a big win for Texans.

“We love budget and tax cuts, of course; the Texas Legislature should take every opportunity to ease the burden on taxpayers, leaving more of their money in their own pockets,” says TPPF’s Vance Ginn. “Yet the CTB is a useful guideline for lawmakers.”

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It’s Official

What to know: Montana’s governor has signed that state’s Direct Primary Care bill into law.

The TPPF take: Congratulations, Montanans!

“Texas passed similar legislation several sessions ago, allowing doctors to contract with patients to provide regular medical care for a set monthly fee,” says TPPF’s David Balat. “It bypasses insurance and other middlemen. Patients and providers are given the opportunity to develop a stronger relationship in these arrangements, which can improve patient health in the long term.”

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