Rice experts available to discuss Texas Legislature end-of-session developments


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Jeff Falk

Rice experts available to discuss Texas Legislature end-of-session developments

HOUSTON – (May 21, 2013) – With the Texas Legislature 2013 session about to end May 27, a range of Rice University experts are available to comment on the issues at play.

Politics and policy behind the budget bill negotiations:

  • Mark Jones, chair of political science at Rice University and a fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
  • Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and a fellow in urban politics at the Baker Institute.
  • John Diamond, the Baker Institute’s Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance and an adjunct professor of economics.

Proposed $4 billion budget boost for K-12 schools:

Issues surrounding the Medicaid expansion in Texas debate:

  • Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and a professor of economics.
  • Elena Marks, Baker Institute scholar in health policy.

Rice University and the Baker Institute have radio and television studios available for media who want to schedule an interview with these experts. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.