The Legislative Reference Library produces a weekly list of current journal articles for members of the legislative community. Each week, librarians select and abstract articles of interest to the legislature from the latest issues of over 300 journals, newsletters, state documents, and trade publications. Electronic copies of the Current Articles list are distributed to legislative offices each Friday.
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"Texas: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program."
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, January 15, 2021, pp. 1-2
Provides Texas state demographic data on who participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), benefits received, and SNAP's economic benefits.
Related information at: https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/a-cl ...
See: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/fil ...
"Unfunded mandate legislation: Past efforts lay groundwork for future progress."
By Julie Anderson.
County Progress, February 2021, pp. 18-23
Highlights HJR 32, 87th Legislature, as the present effort to prohibit unfunded mandates on local government. Outlines past efforts through HJR 56, SJR 17, HJR 89, 82nd Legislature, R.S.; HJR 73, 85th Legislature, R.S.; and HJR 30, 86th Legislature.
See: https://dashboard.mazsystems.com/webreader/71375?p ...
"Making progress toward health equity: Opportunities for state policymakers to reduce health inequities through payment and delivery system reform."
By Emmett Ruff, et al.
Families USA, December 2020, pp. 1-14
Highlights initiatives by Oregon, Minnesota, and Washington to develop Medicaid health equity incentives as part of broader health care reform to improve population health in communities of color. Provides state policy recommendations and argues all states should incorporate equity measures into their current Medicaid payment structures.
See: https://familiesusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12 ...
"CDC releases new guidelines on school reopening: What are they & what do they mean?"
Human Events, February 15, 2021, pp. 1-2
Examines new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to reopening schools and getting students back into classrooms as COVID-19 vaccination rates rise.
See: https://humanevents.com/2021/02/15/cdc-releases-ne ...
"A bottom-up infrastructure strategy for American renewal."
By Henry G. Cisneros and William Fulton.
Kinder Institute for Urban Research (Rice University), February 10, 2021, pp. 1-40 (Note Length)
Considers how infrastructure investment addresses challenges the country faces, such as economic mobility and global competitiveness, that the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified.
See: https://kinder.rice.edu/sites/default/files/docume ...
"State and local government spending on public employee retirement systems."
National Association of State Retirement Administrators, December 2020, pp. 1-6
Describes nationwide spending on public pensions and trends in pension costs and financing. Notes Texas state and local government contributions to pensions were 3.64 percent of all state and local government direct general spending in fiscal year 2018, up from 2.33 percent in fiscal year 2009.
See: https://www.nasra.org/files/Issue%20Briefs/NASRACo ...
"COVID-19 and clean energy springboard: Public-private partnerships, part 1."
By Paul DeCotis, Brandon Swartout, and Koho Sefah.
Public Utilities Fortnightly, December 2020, pp. 52-55
Suggests the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity for partnerships between the government and the private sector to invest in clean energy projects. Argues that investing in utilities can help boost the local economy and create stable jobs. Refers to related reports on renewables and public–private partnerships.
Report at: https://pfnyc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/actio ...
Related information at: https://www.iea.org/reports/renewables-2020
"Supporting families of students with special education needs during the pandemic school closures."
By René S. Parmar.
Rockefeller Institute of Government, January 22, 2021, pp. 1-9
Explains the levels of instructional supports and accommodation which are normally available to students with identified special education needs under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Summarizes research on difficulties experienced by parents and guardians responsible for implementing special education strategies during remote learning. Recommends policies to improve the efficacy of remote/hybrid instruction, including funding trainings for parents and guardians of special education students.
See: https://rockinst.org/blog/supporting-families-of-s ...
"Speaking out: Senator Jane Nelson, Texas State Senate — District 12."
Texas Builder, January/February 2021, pp. 35-36
Interviews Senator Jane Nelson about homebuyer protections from linkage fees (HB 1449, 85th Legislature, R.S.), rising property taxes (SB 2, 86th Legislature, and SB 63, 87th Legislature), and the state budget. Includes a biographical sketch.
See: https://www.texasbuilders.org/site/publisher/files ...