New national poll shows concern for school underfunding, vouchers

Chandra Villanueva

This week PDK/Gallup released the findings of their 46th annual Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. The nationwide poll, administered to 1,001 Americans, asked questions on important education policy issues such as school funding, teacher quality, standardized testing, and vouchers. The Texas Legislature will debate many of these issues when the legislative […]

Aug 31 Deadline Approaches for Schools to Opt In for Free Breakfast and Lunch

Rachel Cooper

Nearly 3,500 high-poverty Texas schools now have an opportunity to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students without having to collect cumbersome school meal applications thanks to a new federal option called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). But school districts need to act fast. The deadline for schools to opt in is August 31. […]

Community Eligibility allows more children to eat and increases revenue for schools

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan Nearly 3,500 high poverty Texas schools now have an opportunity to provide free meals–breakfast and lunch–to all students without having to collect school meal applications through a new federal option called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The Texas Department of Agriculture published a full list of eligible schools on its website. The 3459 Texas […]

Taxes are an Investment in Texas

Tuesday, millions of Americans dutifully filed their federal tax returns, but very few of us contemplate the connection to essential public supports that we take for granted in our everyday lives. Contributing taxes is one of our most fundamental civic duties and allows us to work toward accomplishing our shared goals. When we pay taxes […]

Thousands of Texans to lose unemployment insurance this holiday season

CPPP Leslie Helmcamp

This holiday, tens of thousands of Texans will lose unemployment insurance (UI) if Congress fails to extend federal benefits for workers unemployed for more than six months. Cutting off support will hurt Texas families and businesses as thousands of Texans will have fewer resources to cover their basic household expenses throughout 2014. During the Great […]

SNAP Under Attack On Multiple Fronts

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan Federal lawmakers have been debating the reauthorization of the Farm Bill for more than two years now. The SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps, has been central in that debate.  During this drawn out reauthorization process, House members’ proposals to cut SNAP have grown in size and harmfulness. On top of […]

In Farm Bill Debate, No Clear Path for SNAP

Rachel Cooper

That’s the big question these days for anyone interested in food and nutrition policy.  The simple response is “which Farm Bill?” Since the 1970’s federal farm and nutrition policy has been set every 5 years with the reauthorization of a new Farm Bill.  Typically the Farm Bill is where rules and funding for SNAP (food […]

Cutting WIC Means Greater Federal Spending Elsewhere

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan If you’ve been following the news on the sequestration, you may know that the SNAP program is exempt from the automatic spending cuts that took effect on March 1, 2013.  You may not know, however, that a similarly critical nutrition program, the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program is not exempt.  […]

The Latest Viral Video–Wealth Inequality

Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities

Stay up with what the cool kids are watching. A study on wealth inequality went viral on YouTube this week.  Dan Ariely, best-selling author of Predictably Irrational, and a Harvard Business School professor asked Americans what their ideal distribution of wealth would be. The answer? Pretty equal. Then they asked Americans what they thought the actual distribution […]

Less Business Tax Revenue Means Less Money for Public Investments

Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities

You may have heard of the influential right-wing organization, the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC. The organization promotes policies to cut taxes and regulations in the guise of promoting economic growth–the favorite approach of the Governor and Texas Legislature. But what ALEC’s policies really do is reduce services, opportunity and accountability. A new […]