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Budget Cuts Will Cost Counties Billions

CPPP analysis estimates impact of cuts on local governments
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This afternoon the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities released analyses of how proposed cuts to Medicaid, health and human services, public education and higher education in House Bill 1 will affect all 254 counties in Texas.

Here’s a short sampling of the grim numbers:

Medicaid losses, including both state and federal matching dollars
Texas’ total – $18 billion
Harris County – $ 2.7 billion
Travis – $644.1 million
Bexar – $1.4 billion
Dallas – $1.6 billion
Tarrant – $936.3 million
Nueces – $409.6 million
El Paso – $640.2 million

Health and Human Services losses
Texas’ total – $16.1 billion
Harris County – $2.7 billion
Travis – $791.5 million
Bexar – $1.3 billion
Dallas – $1.5 billion
Tarrant – $1.2 billion
Nueces – $407.8 million
El Paso – $473 million

More data can be found on their website.

Alexa Garcia-Ditta is an Observer reporter (and former intern) covering women's health, reproductive health and health care access across the Lone Star State. Before joining the Observer, she was a staff news writer at the San Antonio Current. She holds an MA in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and BA in journalism and Spanish from UT-Arlington, where she worked for three years on her college newspaper. After graduate school, she dipped her toe in public policy communications at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. When she's not at work, she's probably training for her next marathon.