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Budget Busters or Busted Budget
Conference committee to close $11 billion gap
" close the $11 billion gap between the House and Senate drafts, the list could be bad news for..."

May 9, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Having Your Baby
The anti-choice "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" are spending taxpayer funds on misinformation, scare tactics – or nothing
"...South Florida retiree – let's call her "Gladys" – and she has a special affection for the word "hon."..."

Aug. 4, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Suffer the Little Children
The Lege cutbacks to CHIP and social services have little to do with fiscal conservatism
"...This week's déjô vu is the Children's Health Insurance Program, which has been in a downward spiral..."

April 9, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Adiós! Don't Let the Door ...
A Quick Roundup of the Best and the Worst of the 78th Lege
"...The legislative dust hasn't settled yet, and even the authors are uncertain what's in the omnibus..."

June 6, 2003 News Feature

Dismantling Family Planning Pt. 2
House budget amendment would subvert access to reproductive services
"...Chisum, R-Pampa, is now proposing an amendment that women's health care advocates say would completely undo the state's system..."

April 16, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Toby Futrell's Budget
The staff-proposed city budget goes to council, with both breathing and wiggle room
"...City Council, noting that the local economy is improving and that her proposed budget "continues to rebuild our services,..."

Aug. 4, 2006 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Trump Administration Validates Texas' Anti-Choice Policies
State rewarded for booting Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program
"...decided they’d rather see 50,000 low-income women scramble for health care than keep Planned Parenthood in a Medicaid program..."

Jan. 22, 2020 News Post by Mary Tuma

Taking Children Private
The road to privatizing Child Protective Services is getting slick and dangerous
"...workers compensation, "reform" asbestos litigation, "reform" local property taxes, and even "reform" the state Constitution – sort of a..."

April 8, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

On the Lege
This week at the circus, er, Lege.
"...most significant may have been one that didn't happen. Health and Human Services Commissioner Albert Hawkins -- onetime budget..."

Feb. 28, 2003 News Column by Michael King

New Kid on the Block
Neighborhood Services office aims to help neighborhoods help themselves
" her job, or at least one of the mandates of the new Office of Neighborhood Services that she..."

Jan. 14, 2000 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Qmmunity: The Best Big Qmmunity in Texas
On discrimination, Dolly, and more queer happenings
"...The Tr*mp administration's Department of Health & Human Services – slithering under the cover of..."

Jan. 15, 2021 Column by Beth Sullivan

Heidi Group Heave-Hoed
State finally kicks incompetent anti-choice health provider to the curb
"...the general consensus among pro-choice groups after the Texas Health and Human Services Commission finally decided to break its..."

Oct. 19, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

State Axes Anti-Choice Group's Family Planning Funds
The Heidi Group failed to meet their own patient target goals
"...medical science in charge of increasing access to reproductive health care, you don’t get the results you’re looking for...."

Aug. 23, 2017 News Post by Mary Tuma

Lawmakers Might Not Like Planned Parenthood, But Voters Do
The war on women's health continues at the Capitol
"...lawmakers might not like Planned Parenthood, or funding family-planning health services – but Texas voters do...."

May 16, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Senate Speeds Through Anti-Choice Bills
Senate prioritizes anti-abortion bills during special session
"...Barely a week into the special session and the Texas Senate is on a dizzying fast-track to..."

July 25, 2017 News Post by Mary Tuma

Defund Planned Parenthood ... Jeopardize Lives
Lege contemplates cutting funding for cancer screenings
"...pain coupled with bleeding last April troubled an otherwise healthy Gay Norman. If it weren't for the recent loss..."

Feb. 13, 2015 News Feature by Mary Tuma

House Appropriations Committee Gets Witchy?
Pro-life advocate calls lawmakers witches
"...a witch. So is Houston GOP Rep. Sarah Davis. And, apparently, so too is Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, and..."

March 6, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Early Warning: The Lege is Coming!
Tribune Fest offers a taste of things to come
"...Tribune Festival – a three-day policy immersion for wonks and wonkabees...."

Sept. 26, 2012 News Post by Michael King

When the Truth Doesn't Match Your Narrative
Fallout continues from a study showing negative effects of cutting Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program
" kick Planned Parenthood out of a lifesaving preventative health program in 2013, medical professionals cautioned that the move..."

March 18, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Planned Parenthood Records Raided
Health provider vows to maintain patient privacy amid government crackdown
"...On Oct. 22, Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Inspector General staff..."

Nov. 6, 2015 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Event Horizon
As festivals, crowds, and expenses proliferate – is Austin approaching major event overload?
"...him the prospect of patronizing local businesses, amplifying city and state sales taxes, and other ancillary coffer-filling actions. As..."

July 12, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Planned Parenthood Files New Suit Against Texas
PP says shouldn't be banned from state-run program
"...As a tumultuous year in women's health draws to a close, Planned Parenthood is turning up..."

Dec. 11, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

TDH: 5/27/11
Council (non)action on historic tax abatements, non-profit funding
"...the Hustle has updates from yesterday’s City Council meeting, and results from Wednesday’s work session tackling nonprofit and social..."

May 27, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Brutal Budget Amendments Target Family Planning Funds
Deep cuts proposed for health programs, more money for GOP pet projects
"...amendments to House Bill 1, that chamber's budget bill. And, at present, lawmakers are considering amendments to Article II,..."

April 1, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Opinion: Mental Illness Does Not Cause Mass Shootings. Mass Shootings Cause Mental Illness.
Austin therapists lay out Governor Greg Abbott's abysmal record on supporting mental health access and education
"...said, "Anybody who shoots somebody else has a mental health challenge. Period."..."

June 17, 2022 Column by Therapists in theAustin area

Council: Budget Crunch Time [UPDATE]
City Council continues final number-crunching
"...led with a list of $13.3 million in changes. And then the fun began...."

Sept. 9, 2016 News Post by Michael King

Lege Lines
Janek gets grilled, transportation moves, and more
"...a senator was feeling a little glee when the Health and Human Services commissioner took a roasting on Feb...."

Feb. 27, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

A Back Door Ban on Abortion?
Senator would regulate clinics as surgical centers
"...centers would ensure women seeking abortion receive the "highest standard" of care. At a hearing Tuesday, advocates challenged Deuell's..."

March 20, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Report: WHP Planned Parenthood Ban Puts Patients in Jeopardy
GWU report questions HHSC analysis of ban
"...Community health centers will have to expand significantly in order to..."

May 3, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: Ounces of Prevention, Or
How is a Health Clinic Not Like an Investment Bank?
"...This might have been the year of health-care reform...."

Oct. 10, 2008 News Column by Michael King

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