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Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas Tribune

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Karen Brooks Harper is an Austin-based freelance writer for the Texas Tribune.

Texas Lawmakers Will Have $188.2 Billion Available For The Next Budget After Record-Breaking Revenue...

Texas is projected to have $188.2 billion available in general revenue for funding the business of the state over the 2024-25 biennium...

Texas Hits 1,000 Days Under Greg Abbott’s Public Health Disaster As A New COVID-19...

Thursday marks 1,000 days that Texans have been living under Gov. Greg Abbott’s public health disaster proclamation — an era of unprecedented...

State Leaders Won’t Commit To Specifics About How Much They Might Invest In Children’s...

Jelynne LeBlanc Jamison makes the same impossible choice every month, when hundreds of children she can’t afford to treat show up at...

Texas Diverts $359.6 Million From Prisons To Keep Greg Abbott’s Border Mission Operating

Gov. Greg Abbott said on Thursday that he and other state leaders are pulling $359.6 million out of the state prison system’s...

State Agencies Push For Better Worker Pay As Critical Staffing Crunch Hits Texas Government

The stories from the great state workforce crunch have been pouring in for months. The single parent who qualifies...

Texas Hospitals Prepare To Pick Up The Tab For Uninsured COVID-19 Patients As Federal...

More than $3 billion in federal money has flowed to Texas health care providers in recent months to help pay for COVID-19...

Feds Restore Billions In Halted Payments To Texas Hospitals, But The Fight Over Uninsured...

Federal health officials on Friday restored $7 million a day in funding to Texas hospitals after stopping it six months ago over...

His Public Custody Battle Helped Ignite A Movement Against Transgender Health Care For Kids....

When some of the most powerful Republicans in Texas began targeting the transgender community in 2017, they found the notion — initially...

Omicron Pushes Texas ICUs To The Brink

The number of Texas intensive care unit beds available for adult patients is at an all-time low for the pandemic, with only...

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Double In Texas As Omicron Strains Staffing

The number of Texans hospitalized each day with COVID-19 continued to rise over the New Year’s holiday, according to state health numbers...

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