Gaining Ground

Progress and Reform in Texas Government

Volume 2


Work Force Issues

Introduction

  • WF1 Overview of Work Force Development
  • WF2 Consolidate Major Work Force Development Programs Within a Single New Agency
  • WF3 Enable Community and Technical Colleges to Respond to Industry Needs
  • WF4 Establish a Permanent "Rainy Day" Account for Smart Jobs
  • WF5 Make Postsecondary Technical Education More Responsive to State Labor Market Demands
  • WF6 Improve State Collection of Follow-Up Data for Vocational Education Programs
  • WF7 Establish "Truth-in-Lending" in Student Loans
  • WF8 Use JOBS Funds for Teens
  • WF9 Create a Statewide System of Adult Learning Labs for Public Assistance Recipients
  • WF10 Improve Texans' Literacy Levels
  • WF11 Provide Supported Employment to Texans with Disabilities

    Education Issues

    Introduction

  • ED1 Modify the Distribution of Foundation School Program Funds
  • ED2 Encourage Educational Innovation in Public Schools at the Local Level
  • ED3 Develop Worksite Schools in Texas
  • ED4 Reduce the Size of the Texas Education Agency
  • ED5 Use Medicaid Reimbursements for School-Based Clinics
  • ED6 Improve Health Care Delivery to Texas School Children
  • ED7 Increase Medicaid Reimbursement for School Health-Related Services
  • ED8 Increase the Efficiency of School District Transportation Systems
  • ED9 Equalize the Public School Reimbursement Rate for Transporting Vocational and Special Education Students
  • ED10 Encourage Competition Among Regional Education Service Centers
  • ED11 Establish More Regional Cooperatives
  • ED12 Increase Opportunities for Concurrent Enrollment
  • ED13 Connect Texas Public Schools to Voice, Data and Video Telecommunications Services
  • ED14 Implement an Option Overwriting Strategy
  • ED15 Improve School Districts' Access to Financial and Performance Data
  • ED16 Establish a Guaranteed Prepaid Tuition Plan
  • ED17 Maximize Federal Funds for Texas Universities
  • ED18 Provide Incentive Funding to Colleges and Universities
  • ED19 Improve the Use of Existing University Space
  • ED20 Encourage Energy Management Efficiencies in Higher Education
  • ED21 Improve Higher Education's Asset Management and Disposition Processes
  • ED22 Assess the Effectiveness of State Funding for Remediation
  • ED23 Increase Funding for the Tuition Equalization Grant Program
  • ED24 Apply the Proportionality Concept to Higher Education's Retirement Program
  • ED25 Make General Revenue Appropriations for Higher Education Available in Monthly Installments
  • ED26 Review Higher Education Special Item Funding Health and Human Services Issues

    Introduction

  • HHS1 Improve Management of State Health Purchasing
  • HHS2 Establish a Health Care Information Office
  • HHS3 Strengthen Powers and Policies of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • HHS4 Increase Local Flexibility in the Delivery of Health and Human Services
  • HHS5 Expand Use of the "One Stop" Concept in Health and Human Services Programs
  • HHS6 Improve Coordination of Health and Human Services Caseload Estimates
  • HHS7 Integrate Eligibility Determination Systems for Health and Human Services Programs
  • HHS8 Streamline Eligibility Determinations for Local and State Health Care Providers
  • HHS9 Coordinate Health and Human Services Case Management
  • HHS10 Review Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Facilities and Competitively Bid State Hospital Management
  • HHS11 Improve Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services and Reduce Costs
  • HHS12 Increase Funding for Mental Health Care for Children and Families
  • HHS13 Accelerate the Distribution of Clozapine
  • HHS14 Increase Federal Reimbursement for Mental Illness Services
  • HHS15 Pay Mental Retardation Service Providers Based on Clients' Needs
  • HHS16 Transfer Eligible AFDC Clients to SSI and SSDI
  • HHS17 Increase Earned Income Tax Credits to Texas Families
  • HHS18 Increase Funding for Family Violence Shelters in Texas
  • HHS19 Reduce Public Assistance Fraud in Texas
  • HHS20 Establish a Public Assistance Fraud Oversight Task Force
  • HHS21 Reduce Payment Error Rates for Food Stamps and Aid to Families with Dependent Children
  • HHS22 Monitor and Enhance the Security of the Electronic Benefits Transfer Card System
  • HHS23 Expand the Use of Electronic Benefits Transfer Technology
  • HHS24 Improve the Automation of the Nursing Home Reimbursement System
  • HHS25 Expedite Payments for Child Care
  • HHS26 Increase Federal Funding for Chemical Dependency and Treatment Services
  • HHS27 Maximize Federal Funding for Child Welfare Programs Employee Issues

    Introduction

  • EI1 Reduce State Government Employment and Curb Future Growth
  • EI2 Adopt an Early Retirement Incentive for State Employees
  • EI3 Consolidate Administrative Functions of Licensing Boards and Commissions
  • EI4 Redesign the State's Classification System
  • EI5 Create an Agency Human Resource Center
  • EI6 Enhance State Employee Training
  • EI7 Repeal the Delay of Contributions to the Teacher Retirement System and the Employees Retirement System
  • EI8 Temporarily Reduce State Contributions to the Teacher Retirement System
  • EI9 Temporarily Reduce State Contributions to the Optional Retirement Program
  • EI10 Temporarily Reduce State Contributions to the Employees Retirement System
  • EI11 Improve State Risk Management to Reduce Costs
  • EI12 Consolidate State Employee Health Benefit Purchasing
  • EI13 Offer a Mail-Order Prescription Drug Program
  • EI14 Allow Retirees to Choose Medicare Supplemental Policies
  • EI15 Increase Employee Donations to Sick Leave Pools
  • EI16 Modify the State Employee Incentive Program
  • EI17 Use an Electronic State Mileage Guide Public Safety and Corrections Issues

    Introduction

  • PSC1 Enact Criminal Justice System Savings
  • PSC2 Identify All Incarcerated Illegal Aliens and Deport Eligible Nonviolent Criminal Aliens
  • PSC3 Earn Commissions on Telephone Services Provided to Inmates
  • PSC4 Collect Sales Tax on Commissary Sales in Prisons and Jails
  • PSC5 Expand the PIE Program
  • PSC6 Coordinate the State's Juvenile and Adult Criminal Justice Systems
  • PSC7 Improve Evaluation of Juvenile Justice Programs
  • PSC8 Improve State and Local Coordination on Juvenile Justice Issues
  • PSC9 Improve Delivery of Parole Services for Juvenile Offenders
  • PSC10 Coordinate Development of Long-term Juvenile Detention Facilities
  • PSC11 Increase Funding for Youth Corrections
  • PSC12 Increase Federal Funding for Criminal Justice General Government Issues

    Introduction

  • GG1 Reorganize the Railroad Commission of Texas
  • GG2 Evaluate Alternative Fuels Conversions
  • GG3 Abolish the Office of State Treasurer
  • GG4 Restructure the Role and Responsibilities of the Department of Information Resources
  • GG5 Increase Net Lottery Income to the General Revenue Fund
  • GG6 Improve Enforcement of the Attorney Occupation Tax
  • GG7 Improve the State's Administrative Hearings Process for Child Support Enforcement
  • GG8 Create a Working Group to Improve Child Support Enforcement
  • GG9 Improve the State's Medicaid Cost Recovery Program
  • GG10 Increase Cash Medical Support Payments
  • GG11 Change the Family Code to Expedite Child Placement
  • GG12 Improve Information Collection in the AFDC and Child Support Programs
  • GG13 Eliminate or Streamline the Examination Billing, Life Valuation and Annual Overhead Assessment Processes
  • GG14 Privatize Windstorm Inspections
  • GG15 Reengineer the State's Tax Processing and Information Management Systems
  • GG16 Adopt an Optional Franchise Tax Prepayment Schedule
  • GG17 Update Comptroller's Enforcement Authority
  • GG18 Authorize the Texas Public Finance Authority to Issue Bonds for Certain State Agencies
  • GG19 Revoke the Authorization of Certain State Debt
  • GG20 Eliminate Duplication in the Administration of Alcoholic Beverage Tax Stamps
  • GG21 Enhance Statewide Multimodal Transportation Planning
  • GG22 Simplify the State Court Fee System
  • GG23 Simplify County Classifications
  • GG24 Reduce Administrative Costs of Local Elections
  • GG25 Ensure Adequate Oversight of the State's 911 System
  • GG26 End Reimbursement to Doctors for Malpractice Claims Cross Government Issues

    Introduction

  • CG1 Eliminate Barriers to Doing Business in Texas
  • CG2 Create a Productivity Bank
  • CG3 Re-examine Field and Headquarters Structures in State Agencies
  • CG4 Improve the State's Data Center Operations
  • CG5 Expand On-line Access to State Legislation and Other Public Information
  • CG6 Encourage and Expand Electronic Access to Public Information
  • CG7 Expand State Agencies' Use of Electronic Commerce and Communications
  • CG8 Coordinate Telecommunications Networks to Facilitate Access to Public Services and Information
  • CG9 Expand the Procurement Credit Card Program
  • CG10 Reengineer the State's Mail Practices
  • CG11 Expand Competitive Mail Contracting
  • CG12 Improve Availability of State Surplus Property
  • CG13 Improve the State's Records Management
  • CG14 Enact Recommendations in the "Report to the 74th Legislature on State of Texas Procurement Practices"
  • CG15 Establish Statewide Policies and Guidelines for Housing Benefits
  • CG16 Improve State Vehicle Fleet Management

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