Keyword: Budget and Taxes

Budget Endgames and Public Opinion

| By: Jim Henson, PhD and Joshua Blank, PhD

The public doesn't closely follow legislative debates over the budget, but sometimes those budget debates line up pretty accurately with public opinion.

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Public Opinion Creates Rough Sailing for Water Policy

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

The rough seas that sank the Texas House's attempt to fund the state water plan on Monday night with a $2 billion draw on the Rainy Day Fund highlighted the limits of consensus on both how to pay for water development and whether it's a top priority. 

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Keywords: Budget and Taxes, Water

Public Opinion and the Budget

| By: Jim Henson, PhD

So far, the Legislature has been writing a budget for a state in a center-right position on the political spectrum. As debate opens in the House, can the leadership hold off challenges, particularly from the right?

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No Backlash to Education Cuts?

| By: Joshua Blank, PhD and Jim Henson, PhD

Polling over the last two years from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune suggests that education has not become more salient to Texas voters, nor have perceptions of school quality suffered significantly.

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