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Risk of Life Without Air Conditioning Grows for Low Income Texans

Over the next three years, low-income Texans will receive approximately $800 million from the state to help pay their summer electric bills. However, on September 1, 2016, that money will run out. As a result, Texans who cannot afford to pay their electric bills are likely to go without air-conditioning during the summer. The money […]

With a Broken Safety Net Abandoned, What’s Next For Low Income Texans?

At the start of the year, over $800 million sat unused in a state fund designed to help low income Texans, and state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, thought there was nothing he could do about it. “If you had asked me in January, did I envision these dollars going to the intended population? I would […]

Two Bills, Two Different Futures For the System Benefit Fund

If the $850 million in the System Benefit Fund still sits idle come 2014, it won’t be for a lack of trying to fix it. State Senator┬áJohn Carona┬á(R-Dallas)┬áfiled two bills recently related to the massive, unused benefit fund. One of those bills would┬árealign the fund with its originally intended purpose, to help low income and […]

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