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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Bipartisan Health Care Fix Wins Obama Endorsement

The bipartisan Empowering States to Innovate Act (S. 248), which enables states to develop inventive policy solutions to the rising costs and dysfunctional insurance markets that plague our health care system, is a win-win for consumers and small businesses in states across the country.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Transportation

Legislature’s Smoke and Mirrors Charade with Gas Tax Identified

According to an analysis by Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) of the Legislative Budget Board’s Recommendations to the House Appropriations Committee, Texas is set to direct more than $2 billon in dedicated transportation funds from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to 13 other state agencies.

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Report | TexPIRG | Health Care

Building a Better Health Care Marketplace

Policy Brief #1: Ensuring Accountability: The opportunity to create a state exchange will allow Texas to increase competition and improve choices in our insurance market. However, to fully realize this opportunity, the exchange must be accountable to the public, and the individual and small business consumers who will buy their coverage through it.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Effective State Exchange Key to Lower Health Costs for Texas Consumers

Texas policy-makers can address rising health care costs by implementing an effective health insurance exchange, according to the first in a new series of policy briefs released today by consumer advocacy group TexPIRG.

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Media Hit | Transportation

Houston Business Journal: Companies could pay more for land under eminent domain bill

The Texas Senate on Feb. 9 passed a bill its authors said will strengthen protections for property owners by closing a loophole in the state’s eminent domain law. That loophole, the bill’s proponents said, has enabled entities to seize property at unfair prices because the onus and financial burden of legally challenging use of eminent domain falls on property owners. Critics, however, say the measure still panders to special interests and is not specific enough.

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