Government Performance

Positioning State Government to Deliver Results That Matter

Overview

Texans take pride in our size, growth, and progress and a legacy of small government and low taxes. But even small government needs to be smart to keep up with population growth and new challenges. Progress too often gets sidetracked by the tyranny of the urgent – short-term issues or political distractions.

Texans expect our leaders at all levels to have their eyes on important long-term strategic goals to set Texas’ course and ensure its future prosperity. 

The state needs a unifying vision for the future, as well as clear measures to assess our progress in achieving that vision for families, employers and others who are counting on it.

Facts

  • The future challenges facing Texas demand stronger collaboration between state and local governments.

    State, local, and civic leaders need to work together better by setting clear lines of authority, autonomy and responsibility to prepare our state for the future.

  • Long-term funding of state pension obligations is a real financial challenge.

    While the fiscal health of Texas’ public pension systems ranks in the middle of the pack when compared nationally, that isn’t saying much. Close to two million Texans depend on the two pensions for state employees and teachers, which, combined, are $58 billion short of their future projected needs.  Without changes, the state employee pension fund is projected to run out of money by 2096.

  • Spending Texas’ limited taxpayer funds effectively is critical.

    State government must be well organized and equipped to oversee a growing amount of outsourced services delivered through 56,000 contracts worth over $250 billion. The state’s largest single contract is worth $16 billion, one of several related to the Medicaid program.

  • State government will face greater challenges maintaining services with current revenue sources.

    Rapid growth drives up the state’s costs for education, health care, and roads. 

  • Texas needs a comprehensive, results-oriented plan focused on the most important future needs.

    Texas needs clear priorities and state performance measures to focus attention and accountability on the most important services to guide future success.

  • Underinvestment and outdated technology prevent a modern, digital government.

    In the era of big data, only a third of state agencies can run modern data analytics to inform decision-making and report important trends and service results to the public. 

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