New Edition of “Texas On The Brink” Released
Representative Garnet F. Coleman and Legislative Study Group House Caucus Release Sixth Edition
AUSTIN – State Representative Garnet F. Coleman and the Legislative Study Group House Caucus announced the release of the sixth edition of the Texas on the Brink publication.
In 2003, State Senator Eliot Shapleigh released the first edition of Texas on the Brink. With this effort, Senator Shapleigh made quality statistics and policy research that affects average Texas families easily available to the public. In 2011 the Legislative Study Group, a public policy research caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, took over the publication upon Senator Shapleigh’s retirement.
Today, the Texas Legislative Study Group has the distinct honor of carrying on the public policy service Senator Shapleigh championed with the publication of Texas on the Brink: Sixth Edition.
Representative Garnet F. Coleman, chair of the Legislative Study Group, stated, “We hope Texas on the Brink will be a recurring resource for elected officials and the public as we work together on solving the public policy challenges Texas faces in our new century.”
Senator José Rodríguez stated, “When Senator Shapleigh released the first edition of Texas on the Brink in 2003, our state ranked near the bottom in important categories like education and health insurance. Unfortunately that still holds true today. It is our duty to lead responsibly and to always understand the impact of the public policy decisions we make. Texas on the Brink is meant to inspire us to do better.”
Representative Elliott Naishtat, LSG Treasurer, stated, “Everything is big in Texas, including the number of uninsured residents. Texas continues to rank 1st in the United States for the largest percentage of uninsured. More than 28 percent of our population lives without health insurance coverage. The health of our families and children should be a priority for this legislative body to ensure we protect our most vital resources: our people.”
Representative Lon Burnam, LSG Vice Chair, stated, “We in the Legislature need to recognize that the environmental crisis documented here is really a public health crisis. This is why more and more of our kids are getting asthma, why we have to tell people not to exercise outside on Ozone alert days, and why no one who can afford to lives anywhere near a refinery. We are failing at our responsibility to protect our people.”
The Texas LSG thanks all members of the LSG Caucus, past and present, for lending their policy expertise and financial support to our efforts to improve the lives of Texas families.