Democrats Rank Texas Progress

A group of Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives say a new report they’ve issued shows Texas is making little progress on issues such as poverty, health care and education.

Laurie Johnson has more.

The Texas on the Brink report is a legislative study of key issues in the state. It shows where Texas ranks in comparison to other states. A caucus of House Democrats has compiled the report every session since 2003.

Houston Representative Garnet Coleman chairs the group. In a webcast press conference, Coleman says the report
shows Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured people in the nation and the second highest percentage of people
who don’t have enough food.

“Ultimately everybody comes here to have a better Texas. We may disagree about how to get there, but we need to know what a better Texas means and I think this sets the foundation for what a better Texas means based on how we rank and compare to other states in our great country.”

Coleman says the state is stagnant, showing little change in the rankings since the first report was issued eight years ago. A broad range of issues are included from women’s health to transportation, taxation and the environment.

The full report can be found at


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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